Sunday, July 4, 2010

National Gallery in Dublin affirms authenticity of its Caravaggio

The National Gallery in Dublin has reaffirmed that its version of Caravaggio's The Taking of Christ is the original, documented work of 1602 and that the version stolen from a museum in Odessa in 2008 and recently recovered by police in Berlin is one of several copies of the Dublin work.



Update, 5 July 2010:
And now it seems German prosecutors have conceded that the painting they recovered is not the original autograph work by Caravaggio, but a copy of significantly less value (which is not the same as a fake or forgery). It will be interesting to hear how this news is received by the Museum in Odessa, from which the painting was stolen.

More Artknows posts on this:
Caravaggio copy snatched from Odessa (5 August 2008)

Now you see it, now you don't: 'Caravaggio copy may still be missing (9 December 2008)

Organised crime? Odessa Caravaggio copy recovered in Berlin (29 June 2010)

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