A new chapter may be opening in the history of world art. Italian art historians have found about a hundred previously unknown works by Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio.
The unique discovery was made as a result of research work conducted by art historians Maurizio Bernardelli Curuz and Adriana Conconi Fedrigolli.
What is at issue are early works by Caravaggio created in the period from 1584 to 1588 during his study at Simone Peterzano’s Studio in Milan. More than 1,400 paintings and graphics are stored in the Peterzano Fund located in Sforza Castle in Milan. Until recently it was believed that all of them were created by Caravaggio’s teacher.
While studying the collection, the scientists have discovered a stylistic and compositional similarity of some of the works – mostly the graphics – to the famous works by Caravaggio. This allowed them to conclude that 83 drawings were painted by one of the most influential artists of the Baroque period.
If the authenticity of the discovered drawings is confirmed by the international community, their value may come to some 700 million Euros. This is rather a rough estimate, as the works by Caravaggio almost never appear on the antiques market, and a comparative base simply does not exist.