Former The Sopranos actor Federico Castelluccio has made a huge art find after discovering a painting he picked up at an auction is a forgotten masterpiece worth millions. The amateur painter and art lover was convinced the piece he picked up at a sale was incorrectly identified, and he called in the experts to make sure.
They confirmed the artwork is in fact a 1630s piece by Italian master Guercino, aka Giovanni Francesco Barbieri.
Castelluccio, who played hitman Furio in The Sopranos, tells the New York Post, "They (auctioneers) had no idea who painted this."
The actor's prized possession will be displayed for the first time in more than 350 years when it makes up part of the upcoming Saint Sebastian: Beauty and Integrity in Art Between the 15th and the 17th Centuries exhibition in Turin, Italy.
The Sopranos star Federico Castelluccio has hit out at the show's creator David Chase, after he was dropped from the series.
Castelluccio claims he was promised his character Furio Giunta would return for the sixth season of the show.
The Italian-born actor says, "They promised me I would be coming back this season, but it never happened... People tell me how much they enjoyed my character, but (Chase) just tossed me aside without any mention or follow-up as to what happened to me.
"It's just not right. The fans have a right to know."
Castelluccio accuses Chase of arrogantly ignoring the wishes of Sopranos fans and ruining the multi-award-winning show. He adds, "(He is) very arrogant... (Chase) couldn't care less about the fans or if the show is well-written. He just throws anything out there and thinks we'll watch because we're addicted...
I'm very disappointed just like everyone else."
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