It was a chance discovery, made by a family looking for a leak in their attic. But is a painting found in the French city of Toulouse the work of Caravaggio?
Some experts think so, valuing it at 120 million euros. Titled “Judith Beheading Holofernes,” it lay hidden for one-and-a-half centuries.
Paris specialists have carried out two-years of tests.
“It’s true that the image of this picture is surprising, it doesn’t look like other Caravaggios,” said art expert Eric Turquin.
“But first we know that the composition is Caravaggio, we know that there was a great picture in its time which was of this subject which was seen by other painters and third the execution, the masterly execution,” he continued.
“A painter has tics, is this correct? A painter is like us, he has tics, and you have all the tics of Caravaggio in this. Not all of them, but many of them. Enough to be sure that this is the hand, this is the writing of this great artist.”