Italy is celebrating Caravaggio’s 400th birthday. It started with the discovery of the master’s bones and continues with the hoped for authentication of a rediscovered work as described in the Washington Post:
The “Martyrdom of St. Lawrence” belonging to the Jesuit order has not yet been authenticated as a work of Caravaggio, but appears to have all the hallmarks of his paintings including dramatic lighting effects, the Osservatore Romano said.
“Certainly it’s a stylistically impeccable, beautiful painting,” the newspaper said in an article that will appear in its Sunday edition. “One can’t but be reminded of works like the Conversion of St. Paul, the Martyrdom of St. Matthew and Judith and Holofernes.”
Italy is marking the 400th anniversary of Caravaggio’s death by throwing churches and an art gallery open all night this weekend. Major exhibitions have also been held in Italy this year to honor the artist.