Lost Caravaggio Masterpiece Worth €120 Million Found in Sealed Attic in Toulouse, France

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Lost Caravaggio Masterpiece Worth €120 Million Found in Sealed Attic in Toulouse, France
Lost Caravaggio Masterpiece Worth €120 Million Found in Sealed Attic in Toulouse, France
Lost Caravaggio Masterpiece Worth €120 Million Found in Sealed Attic in Toulouse, France

A leak in the attic of a house near Toulouse led the owner to find a painting that could be the work of famed Italian artist Caravaggio. And if so, it would be worth a lot of money. Art experts in Paris revealed on Tuesday that a long-lost masterpiece by Italian painter Caravaggio may have been unearthed in the attic of a house near Toulouse, southwestern France. And it’s all thanks to a leaky roof. Parisian art expert Eric Turquin revealed on Tuesday that the owners of the home went to check the source of the dripping water in the attic, where they had never before set foot. While investigating, they stumbled across an old painting that could be Caravaggio’s biblical scene Judith Beheading Holofernes, which dates back to around 1600. Caravaggio painted two versions of Judith Beheading Holofernes, one of which is on display at the National Gallery of Ancient Art in Rome. The other disappeared around a century after it was painted. Experts say the painting has probably lain forgotten in the attic for over 150 years and is in an excellent state, considering where its home has been for so long. The owners of the house say their ancestors took over the house on the outskirts of Toulouse in the middle of the 19th century. The big question now is whether the work of art found in the attic is actually the lost Caravaggio masterpiece, but the fact it was unveiled to the public suggests experts believe it may well be. Turquin is convinced of its authenticity and has already described the discovery as « the most beautiful moment in [his] career ». « The peculiar light, the energy that’s typical of Caravaggio, without corrections, from a steady hand, and the pictorial materials, mean this painting is authentic,” Turquin told the press on Tuesday. « An average artist or someone copying the painting just couldn’t do this, » he said.

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avril 22nd, 2016 by

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