Any painting made by the Italian masters during renaissance is of great interest artists, researchers and scholars, not to mention collectors and auction houses. It seems that an unknown painting made by Italian master Caravaggio has been discovered in the attic of a house in France. The painting has been sitting their for 150 years unbeknownst to the owners. Recently when they tried to fix the attic they found the painting and reported the painting to auctioneer Marc Labarde. Labarde cleaned the painting and took help of expert Eric Turquin.
Eric Turquin got the painting examined by three Caravaggio experts. Two of them were doubtful if the painting was indeed made by Caravaggio himself but the third expert proclaimed that it was indeed a piece of Caravaggian art. The picture has already been granted national treasure status which means it cannot be exported out of the country for 30 months. The national museum of France is likely to acquire it. Turquin said the painting is in excellent condition.
The picture is an estimated 400 years old was painted between 1604 and 1605 in Rome. It is called ‘Judith Beheading Holofernes’ and shows the scene of Judith beheading an Assyrian general called Holofernes according to Biblical tales. The picture is estimated to fetch 135 million USD in auction. Mr. Turquin said, “I don’t need further expertise, everybody agrees on the fact that it’s one of the most important masterpieces from the 17th century to have emerged over the past 30 years.”