This might very well be THE discovery of the year within the art community around the world.
A very dark yet intriguing painting by both Italian artist and murderer Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio (1571 – 1610) was found by accident in an old leaky attic somewhere in France.
Enigmatic, fascinating, rebellious and dangerous
The work of art found in the attic in France was remarkably well preserved given the room in which it was found. The painted canvas shows us the beheading of Holofernes by Judith.
Given the condition of the canvas, it’s 400 year old history and the fact that it’s a one of a kind artwork by Caravaggio the estimated selling value of the piece should be around £100 million according to art experts.
During his lifetime Caravaggio was considered rather ‘enigmatic, fascinating, rebellious as well as dangerous’. Besides his dark and intriguing paintings he’s known for his extraordinary lifestyle and for being a murderer.
Sources tell us that somewhere around the year 1606 he killed a man in a fight and fled from Rome with an unknown bounty on his head. After several more notices of him being involved in brawls around Italy he finally died in 1610.