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Painting Found In French Attic Is $137 Million Caravaggio, Say Experts

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[ C ] Caravaggio - Judith Beheading Holofernes (1599)
[ C ] Caravaggio - Judith Beheading Holofernes (1599)
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PARIS (Reuters) - A painting found in the attic of a house in southwest France was attributed to the Italian master Caravaggio by private French experts who hailed its discovery on Tuesday as a great event in the history of art. It depicts Biblical heroine Judith beheading an Assyrian general, and was discovered during the investigation of a leak. It could be worth 120 million euros ($137 million), the Eric Turquin art expert agency said in a statement. The painting is thought to have been painted in Rome in 1604-1605 by Michelangelo Merisi, known as Caravaggio, and is in exceptionally good condition. (Note: the painting shown here is of a known Caravaggio painting of the same subject. Please click on the link to see the newly-found version.)

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Meryl Ann Butler is an artist, author, educator and OpedNews Managing Editor who has been actively engaged in utilizing the arts as stepping-stones toward joy-filled wellbeing since she was a hippie. She began writing for OpEdNews in Feb, 2004. She became a Senior Editor in August 2012 and Managing Editor in January, (more...)

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