Jacques Stella masterpiece discovered in Melbourne

Each Sunday, hundreds of believers course through the Gothic Revival portal of Melbourne’s St Patrick’s Cathedral, unaware that on the baptistery wall hangs a lost masterwork by Jacques Stella, official artist at the court of Louis XIII.

The Baroque altarpiece, painted in the early 17th century, was only recently identified by Professor Jaynie Anderson, founding director of the Australian Institute of Art History. It has hung in Melbourne, undescribed and unknown, for more than 160 years.