Monday, May 22, 2017

Art community remains divided over Caravaggio found in French attic

French art expert Stephane Pinta shows a radiography of the painting entitled "Judith cutting off the head of Holofernes", presented as being painted by Italian artist Caravaggio (1571-1610), while experts are still to determine its authenticity. The painting was found out in an attic of a house near Toulouse, southwestern France. PATRICK KOVARIK / AFP. Antoine Froidefond
PARIS---An original Caravaggio or a master fake? This is the question that continues to befuddle art historians and experts about a painting discovered in a French attic three years ago. The 400-year-old canvas -- depicting the beheading of an Assyrian general, Holofernes, by Judith from the biblical Book of Judith -- was found in 2014 when the owners of a house near the southwestern city of Toulouse were investigating a leak in the ceiling. Discovered in remarkably good condition, the work was painted between 1600 and 1610, specialists believe, and could be worth as much as 120 million euros ($132 million). [More]
Artist: Attributed to Caravaggio (c.1607) Medium Oil on canvas; Location: Private collection, Toulouse
Artist: Caravaggio (c. Year 1599–1602);  Medium Oil on canvas; Dimensions: 57 in × 77 in; Location: Galleria Nazionale d'Arte Antica at Palazzo Barberini, Rome