A badly deteriorated portrait of Frederic Chopin purchased nearly 30 years ago at a Polish flea market dates back to the time of the famed 19th-century composer himself.
The discovery was revealed this week at the Frederic Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw, one of the world’s most prestigious events in classical music, the AP reports.
“It is evidently Chopin, but I cannot say whether he posed for this portrait or whether it was painted from another picture,” said Dariusz Markowski, an art restoration expert and Nicolaus Copernicus University professor. “We know nothing of its history or who it was painted for. It was in a very bad state, and I’m really happy that artwork like this can be saved.”
Chopin was born near