Murillo painting going up at Detroit art museum

Published on NewsOK Modified: February 6, 2014 at 7:42 pm •  Published: February 6, 2014
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DETROIT (AP) — A rediscovered painting by the 17th-century Spanish artist Bartolomé Esteban Murillo (muhr-EE'-yoh) is on display at the Detroit Institute of Arts.

A museum curator spotted "The Infant Saint John the Baptist in the Wilderness" during a visit to a historic home in suburban Detroit last year.

The work went on view Thursday at the Detroit Institute of Arts. It's on loan to the museum for five years.

The museum says it's the first time the painting's been exhibited at a U.S. art museum. It previously belonged to an Italian merchant, a Capuchin convent and the Duke of Westminster.

The painting entered the collection of Alfred and Matilda Wilson in 1926. They kept it in Meadow Brook Hall, their home in what's now the city of Rochester Hills, Mich.