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Painting in Brussels hall turns out to be an original by Flemish master Jacob Jordaens

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Experts say ‘incredible discovery’ is the earliest known version of the early 17th century artist’s Holy Family works

A painting that hung for decades in a municipal building in Brussels has been authenticated as the work of Flemish master Jacob Jordaens.

After analysis including dendrochronology – dating works from the wood panels they are painted on – experts determined that it is the oldest known version of The Holy Family by Jordaens, painted in the early 17th century.

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