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Construction workers remodeling a historic building in Paris were taken aback when they stumbled upon a long-hidden painting behind a wall. It turned out to be an extremely happy accident: Art historians traced the large-scale work to a painter in the court of Louis XIV. After careful restoration, it will become the centerpiece of a new Oscar de la Renta boutique opening in late spring.

A workman accidentally uncovered the secret painting behind a fiberboard wall last summer while his team was renovating a building in one of the city’s chicest neighborhoods. The 19th-century building on the Rue de Marignan was formerly home to a French noble family, and the 10-by-20-foot oil painting is believed to be more than three centuries old.

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