A painting that was long considered to be a fake version of Sandro Botticelli's work turned out to be a genuine masterpice from the artist's Florence workshop, art experts have discovered.
According to British conservators, "Madonna of The Pomegranate", a smaller replica of the famous 1487 painting in Florence's Uffizi Gallery, was "stylistically too similar to be an imitation".
The painting depicts the Virgin Mary holding baby Christ and a pomegranate symbolizing his future suffering.
Rachel Turnbull, a senior conservator at the charity English Heritage, explained that X-ray and infrared tests showed details that are unusual in imitations.
"It was of the right period, it was technically correct and it was painted on poplar, a material commonly used at the time," she said.
The painting will be displayed in Ranger's House, a villa in southeastern London, on April 1.