Fake or Fortune?

A Mystery Old Master

Season 4, Episode 4 of 4

In this episode we are faced with a double mystery, an intriguing whodunit? A beautiful church in the heart of the Lancastrian countryside has been home to the work of a 16th century Italian Old Master for more than 200 years. This is the oldest and largest painting ever to be featured on FAKE OR FORTUNE? The congregation has contacted them to help solve a riddle which has been puzzling everyone. Who painted this huge picture and just how did it find its way into a church once patronized by the famous Bronte sisters? To crack this case experts deploy some of the very latest scientific tests. They also launch a hugely ambitious restoration project which will peel back centuries of dirt and grime. These revelations lead Philip and Fiona on a surprising and colorful journey to Venice and the work of masters such as Titian and Tintoretto before their investigations lead to a significant breakthrough. Back in the U.K., Bendor unearths some jaw-dropping family secrets which shed new light on exactly how this painting found its way into a small church in the north of England. Discovering the identity of the artist who painted this epic might raise its value beyond 100,000 - but can the team unmask a painter whose name has been lost for more than four hundred years?

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