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New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art presented on Monday Diego Velazquez’s Portrait of Francesco I d’Este, one of the Spanish artist’s most significant works and which is being shown for the first time in the US.

Until July 14, visitors at the New York museum will be able to admire this work, considered one of the great portraits of the 17th century, on loan from Galleria Estense in Modena, Italy.

The portrait is a true gem of that Italian gallery, which has had to close temporarily because of the damage caused by the earthquake that shook the Emilia Romagna region in May 2012.

Chris Sabian is a portrait artist with http://www.kutefineart.com and owner of http://www.paragonprints.co.uk