One hundred sketches and paintings allegedly by Italian Renaissance master Caravaggio were found in a castle in Milan, The Telegraph reports. The works, which reportedly date from 1584-1588, Caravaggio’s earliest years as an artist—and which would be valued at roughly $869 million if they prove to be authentic—were found two years ago by art historians who have managed to keep the news under wraps. Friday, the experts will publish their report in a 2-volume book.
From the story:
They were found in a collection of paintings and drawings from the workshop of Peterzano which has been held in a castle in Milan, Castello Sforzesco, since 1924, after they were transferred there from a nearby church.
The archive contains 1,378 paintings and drawings by Peterzano and the young artists who were tutored by him.
Two years ago Maurizio Bernardelli Curuz, the artistic director of the Brescia Museum Foundation, and his co-researcher, Adriana Conconi Fedrigolli, began to scrutinise the collection in earnest.
“We always felt it was impossible that Caravaggio left no record, no studies in the workshop … of his mentor,” Mr Bernadelli Curuz told ANSA, the Italian news agency.
They compared known Caravaggio masterpieces in churches and museums with the sketches and paintings in the castle archive and found “startling” similarities between the two bodies of work.