Two precious paintings were found in trash cans along the German highway.It concerns works from the 17th century Portrait of a boy By the Dutch painter Samuel van Hoogstraten and Smiling self portrait Painted by Italian painter Pietro Bellotti in 1665.
The paintings were discovered by a motorist a month ago, who stopped at a rest stop between Frankfurt and Nuremberg. The man, who did not want to be named, saw the “waste” and suspected that it was a valuable work. Later, he called the police.
This seems to have saved two important works of art. Experts consulted by the Cologne police believe these works are authentic. I don’t know who has these paintings recently. Therefore, the police hope to find the rightful owner by phone.
Both painters are well-known artists, and both are representatives of the Baroque movement. Bellotti’s works are hung in museums in Stuttgart and Bologna. Samuel van Hoogstraten (1627-1678) from Dordrecht has worked in Rembrandt van Rijn’s studio for many years.