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Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Don't Go in the Attic! Wait! No! GO in the Attic!

A 400-year-old painting that might have been executed by Italian master Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio has been found in an attic in southern France.
Eric Turquin, the French expert who retrieved the painting two years ago, says it is in an exceptional state of conservation and estimates its value at 120 million euros (about £100m).
The picture, whose authenticity has not been established, had been left for more than 150 years in a property in the outskirts of Toulouse.
Called 'Judith Beheading Holofernes,' it depicts the biblical heroine Judith beheading an Assyrian general, and is thought to have been painted in Rome circa 1604-05.

Judith, a widow, was said to have seduced Holofernes before getting him drunk and killing him with his own sword. 
Typically for a Caravaggio painting, it is the moment of the greatest dramatic impact - the decapitation itself - that it depicted.
Fitting with his mastery of light and shadow, which the Italian developed into a technique known as chiaroscuro, the painting is dramatically lit from the side to emphasise the facial expressions of the murderer and her maid, Abra.
Mr Turquin told a press conference today that there 'will never be a consensus' about the name of the artist.

Caravaggio is remarkable. He did a lot of Catholic art. Do you see a theme?
Beheading of John the Baptist

David with Goliath

Abraham and Isaac