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The Lost Painting: The Quest for a Caravaggio Masterpiece

Posted by nliakos on November 11, 2007

by Jonathan Harr; read by Campbell Scott

I am not a big fan of Italian baroque painting, so I was completely unfamiliar with the works of Caravaggio and did not recall hearing of the discovery of a long-lost Caravaggio masterpiece about ten years ago. Nevertheless, I found the story of the hunt for the painting and its serendipitous discovery in an Irish monastery to be extremely interesting. It taught me something about art historians and how they work, and it made me pay attention to Caravaggio’s oeuvre (see here for some online examples) and to want to see some of his paintings, especially The Taking of Christ, which is the masterpiece whose discovery is the focus of the book. Jonathan Harr actually learned Italian in order to conduct his interviews for the book. I learned this in an author interview which followed Campbell Scott’s excellent narration.

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