Scholars claim that they’ve identified 100 new works by Caravaggio, including some paintings, which they ball park at being worth $870m. The works belong to the City of Milan
Sketches make up the bulk but there are paintings as well. Most were found among the archives of mannerist artist Simone Peterzano in Milan’s Sforzesco castle, according to an interview with the authors published by Ansa news agency on Thursday.
The authors could not be immediately reached for comment. The total value of the artworks is about 700 million euros ($870 million), the art historians estimated. The works found in Peterzano’s studio are owned by the city of Milan. […]
“I will wait to consult the complete research, but the drawings I’ve seen so far do not seem to me attributable to Caravaggio,” said Francesca Cappelletti, a researcher and author of a book on the Lombardy master.
“We must be very prudent,” said Cristina Terzaghi, an art historian at the University of Rome III and author of a book on Caravaggio. “These sketches were well known. I had myself seen them. Their research must be carefully studied and verified by the scientific community,” Terzaghi said.