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November 06, 1987| Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press

Sweden's National Museum has discovered an original sketch by Renaissance master Raphael gathering dust in the museum's archives, a spokesman said Thursday. The sketch for a section of the Italian's 1508 Vatican fresco "The Lord Appears Before Noah" was believed to be worth up to $2.5 million but would never be put on the market, museum curator Per Bjurstrom said. The find was made by Austrian art historian and Raphael expert Sylvia Ferino Pagden when studying a collection of Raphael imitations which had been in the museum archives since the mid-18th Century, he said. The 12- by 16-inch sketch shows Noah kneeling before God as he is told of the impending flood.

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