A public art museum in Iowa praises the startling discovery of a long forgotten 16 century that could be worth millions.
Hoyt's Sherman Place at Des Moines acquired the veteran Otto van Veen's "Apollo and Venus" in the 1920s but never exhibited, WHO-TV reports.
Hoyt Sherman CEO Robert Warren was looking for civil war flags in a low-use storage room when he stumbled upon the painting, but he is not sure how it got there.
"So the assumption was that it was hidden there, either because it needed repair work or the content, because it's a full butt naked by Venus de Milo and another angel without clothes," he told Radio Iowa.
The radio station reported that van Veen is best known because he is a teacher of Peter Paul Reubens.
Warren said Van Veen sells images for between $ 4 million and $ 17 million and believes "Apollo and Venus" could bring so much. He lets an appraiser determine his value, but there are no plans to sell him.
Van Veen paintings hang in every museum in the world, including the Louvre. The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City showed it in the 1880s.
"Apollo and Venus", painted between 1595 and 1600, was restored after it was found.
Hoyt Sherman ended the painting after the family, who owned the artwork, donated it to the Des Moines Women & # 39; s Club.
Warren said museum visitors could soon see the painting.