Is this what the National Gallery was willing to ‘sacrifice’ its multi-million-dollar Chagall painting for?

For a multi-million dollar secret, the identity of the major artwork being pursued by the National Gallery of Canada may not have lasted very long.

A Montreal newspaper claims to have discovered that the mystery artwork — for which the National Gallery intends to sell a valuable painting by Marc Chagall — is a neoclassical masterpiece by 18th century French painter Jacques-Louis David.

It depicts Saint Jerome, famous for translating the Bible into Latin, as he hears the trumpet call of...

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