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Join Dr. Bendor Grosvenor and Jacky Klein as they seek out the work of some of the biggest names in art, lying hidden in local museums and country houses all across Britain.Britain's publicly owned art collection contains over 210,000 paintings. But at any one time, over 80 percent of these are locked away in storage. And, among this secret treasure trove of mystery paintings are some of the finest works of art the public owns - but didn't know they had. There might even be some priceless Old Masters lost in the vaults.
Dr Bendor Grosvenor investigates two paintings found at Petworth House in West Sussex, while Emma Dabiri explores the life of one of its owners, the third Earl of Egremont.
In Oxford's Bodleian Library, Dr Bendor Grosvenor spots a finely painted portrait by an unknown artist. Could it be by the greatest portrait painter working in Rome in the 18th century, Pompeo Batoni?
Bendor Grosvenor finds two anonymous planks in a drawer at Birmingham Art Gallery. Put together, they show a scene of village life. Is he right in detecting the hand of Flemish master Brueghel?
In Cardiff Art Gallery, the experts investigate a badly overpainted Madonna. Elsewhere, Dr Bendor Grosvenor travels to Florence to explore the early Renaissance.
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