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Caravaggio painting set to fetch up to €150m shown in Paris ahead of auction02:22

Caravaggio painting set to fetch up to €150m shown in Paris ahead of auction

France, Paris
June 14, 2019 at 14:08 GMT +00:00 · Published

Auction house Drouot Patrimoine showed a painting by Italian Renaissance artist Caravaggio (1571-1610) in Paris on Friday ahead of it being auctioned off in Toulouse for an estimated 100 to 150 million euros ($112 to $168 million).

The painting, discovered by Marc Labarbe five years ago in an attic in Toulouse, depicts the deuterocanonical scene of Judith beheading Assyrian general Holofernes to prevent him from destroying her home city of Bethulia – a scene painted by many Renaissance and Baroque artists.

"There are only 65 known paintings by this artist, who was the big revolutionary in the early years of 17th century," said old masterpieces specialist Eric Turquin. "And within his oeuvre, this is at a very particular time, his very short stay in Naples. That's where he starts to produce his very dark, late paintings. That’s when he became really fantastic."

The auction, in collaboration with art appraisal firm Cabinet Turquin, will take place on June 27.

Caravaggio painting set to fetch up to €150m shown in Paris ahead of auction02:22
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Auction house Drouot Patrimoine showed a painting by Italian Renaissance artist Caravaggio (1571-1610) in Paris on Friday ahead of it being auctioned off in Toulouse for an estimated 100 to 150 million euros ($112 to $168 million).

The painting, discovered by Marc Labarbe five years ago in an attic in Toulouse, depicts the deuterocanonical scene of Judith beheading Assyrian general Holofernes to prevent him from destroying her home city of Bethulia – a scene painted by many Renaissance and Baroque artists.

"There are only 65 known paintings by this artist, who was the big revolutionary in the early years of 17th century," said old masterpieces specialist Eric Turquin. "And within his oeuvre, this is at a very particular time, his very short stay in Naples. That's where he starts to produce his very dark, late paintings. That’s when he became really fantastic."

The auction, in collaboration with art appraisal firm Cabinet Turquin, will take place on June 27.

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