Thursday, April 14, 2016

Art Dealer Says Painting Found in French Attic Is a Caravaggio

By Doreen Carvajal
The French art dealer Eric Turquin presented the painting “Judith Beheading Holofernes” at his gallery in Paris on Tuesday. Credit Patrick Kovarik/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images
FRANCE---It seems almost too good to be true: A long-lost Caravaggio worth millions is discovered languishing in an attic in France, unseen by the family that had lived there for generations. But that is indeed the case, a French art dealer said this week, in declaring that after two years of research, a painting of “Judith Beheading Holofernes” found near Toulouse in 2014 was an authentic work by the Italian Renaissance master. The dealer, Eric Turquin, showed off the painting at a news conference on Tuesday at his Paris gallery, where it remains while he awaits a buyer for the work, which he estimates is valued at more than 120 million euros, or $136 million. [link]