One of the most popular — and reproduced — 19th century paintings of Christ languished unrecognized at a rural Minnesota church for 70 years. It’s Christus Consolator, a 1851 work by Dutch painter Ary Scheffer.
When Steven Olson (left), pastor of Gethsemane Lutheran Church, Dassel, found it in a closet, he knew it was special.
After an appraisal of its $35,000 value from the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, the congregation decided to donate it to the museum where, restored and reframed, it was hung just before Easter.
At right is Patrick Noon, a curator at the museum.
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