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Rediscovered Cezanne to be shown
Cezanne is often referred to as the "father of modern painting"

A painting by the French artist Paul Cezanne that was lost for more than 60 years is to go on show in Italy.

The picture disappeared after its last exhibition in 1945, before being found recently in a private collection by art historian Francesca Bardazzi.

It will be shown from 2 March as part of an exhibition of Cezanne's work at the Palazzo Strozzi, Florence.

Ms Bardazzi dates the painting, depicting a scene from the New Testament, to between 1860 and 1870.

Cezanne is considered a major influence on many 20th Century artists and art movements, particularly Cubism.

Both Henri Matisse and Pablo Picasso are said to have labelled the post-impressionist the "father of modern painting".

But the artist's work was largely discredited during his lifetime. He died in 1906.

The exhibition will run until 29 July.

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