Missing 17th-century masterpiece hiding in plain view in NY

A New York college professor sparked a decades-old art mystery — just by going to church.

Tom Ruggio said he found a 17th-century painting long thought to be missing by looking up as he sat in the back of Holy Family Roman Catholic Church in New Rochelle.

“One day the lights were on a little brighter and I saw that painting and I was shocked,” the art-history professor told News 12 Westchester. “I immediately knew it was 17th Century Italian.”

He now says he and other experts determined that the Baroque oil painting was by Italian artist Cesare Dandini, depicting babies Jesus and St. John the Baptist

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