The First Art Newspaper on the Net Established in 1996 United States Saturday, December 20, 2014


Two Italian art historians claim to discover as many as 100 works by Caravaggio
File photoof a visitor getting a glimpse as she walks by a painting by Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio titled, Martha and Magdalene, oil on canvas, c. 1598, at the Kimbell Art Museum. AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez.

By: Frances D'Emilio, Associated Press

ROME (AP).- Two Italian art historians claim to have discovered as many as 100 works, most of them drawings, by a very young Caravaggio in a collection long attributed to a master Milanese artist he studied under while a boy in the late 1500s.

It was not possible to immediately evaluate the claim Thursday by Maurizio Bernardelli Curuz and Adriana Conconi Fedrigolli on the eve of the publication of two ebooks laying out their case.

But one expert familiar with the collection said it was unlikely that more than a few at most were actually done by Caravaggio and that none show the mature hand of the temperamental artist — who was famed for his dramatic chiaroscuro effect of dark space contrasting with light, vivid still life and the then-scandalous use of models from the lower walks of life for religious scenes.

The works were culled from the collection of Simone Peterzano, whose many pupils included Caravaggio from 1584 to 1588.

The Peterzano collection, which is kept in Sforzesco Castle, a Milan landmark, contains nearly 1,400 works. Bernardelli, in brief remarks to The Associated Press, said that until now experts had considered the collection to contain only works by Peterzano.

"Evidently no one entertained the hypothesis that there were works" of his pupils, including future star artist Caravaggio, among the drawings, Bernardelli said.

Neither Conconi Fedrigolli nor Bernardelli returned calls for further comment after a first conversation by cell phone was terminated because of poor reception.

The Italian news agency ANSA said the two spent two years poring through the collection. They used a computer to study similarities between details in some of the art school drawings with details in paintings by Caravaggio decades later. A website promoting the ebook says 83 of these drawings contain details strikingly similar to those in works of the mature artist.

Claudio Strinati, a prominent expert in 16th-century art, said in a phone interview that the claim that some 100 works in the collection were actually done by Caravaggio, born in 1573 as Michelangelo Merisi, was "completely absurd."

"If you consider that Peterzano had so many pupils, there were probably 50,000 drawings," most of them likely thrown away, Strinati said. "No one knows which were done by the pupils."

Strinati said he is familiar with the Peterzano colletion, which belongs to the city of Milan. He described the drawings as "exercises of no artistic importance"

"In the best of hypotheses maybe some were done by Michelangelo Merisi but none by Caravaggio," the mature artist of the celebrated paintings. "I consider this research to be interesting, but not important," said Strinati, while stressing that both art historians had serious reputations.

Caravaggio's name as an artist came from Caravaggio, his birth town.




Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.





Today's News

July 6, 2012

Two Italian art historians claim to discover as many as 100 works by Caravaggio

Brooklyn Museum acquires extremely rare secular painting from colonial Peru

New 007 exhibition at London's Barbican Centre looks at screen spy as style icon

Swann Galleries to offer a complete set of Edward S. Curtis's The North American Indian

Leinster Dinner-Service sets a record price for an English dinner service sold at auction realising $2.7mi

Major mid-career retrospective of Rineke Dijkstra on view at the Guggenheim Museum

Sizzling prices for Gil Elvgren and Jerry Weist Collection sci-fi art in Heritage Auctions' $2.77 million event

Nasser Azam unveils tallest bronze sculpture in the UK outside London City Airport

Rossi & Rossi to offer possibly the earliest surviving Tibetan mandala at Fine Art Asia, Hong Kong

Marc Maison to present artistic production under the Second Empire at the Biennale des Antiquaires

Taiwan photographer Tou Chih-kang's crusade for the past two years: Doomed shelter dogs

Heritage Auctions eyes possible $9 million world record comics event in Beverly Hills

Arts organisations collaborate on affordable smartphone app development for the future of festivals

Sweden's Nationalmuseum acquires Jugendstil lamp by Orrefors

The Council of Ministers approves the renovation of Haus der Kunst

Frieze Film 2012: Participating artists announced

Rare portrait of artist J. W. Waterhouse among discoveries in gallery's first online catalogue

London unveils Europe's tallest building - for now

Smithsonian Folklife Festival to honor Chuck Brown

Most Popular Last Seven Days



1.- Colossal statue of Amenhotep III unveiled on the west bank of the Nile in Egypt

2.- British royals crown New York visit with gala dinner

3.- Missing artwork rediscovered in "Stuart Little" sells for over 200,000 euros at auction

4.- Rossetti's Venus Verticordia soars at Sotheby's in London to sell for £2.88 million

5.- Russian magnate buys, then returns Nobel prize to American geneticist James Watson

6.- Egyptian Museum unveils four newly renovated halls of the famed Tutankhamun gallery

7.- 'The Secret of Dresden: From Rembrandt to Canaletto' on view at the Groninger Museum

8.- Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum reopens after three-year renovation

9.- More than 200 queries about works by possible heirs received on Nazi-era art hoard

10.- Attorney, artist and filmmaker reflects on the seven lessons learned at 2014 Art Basel Miami Beach



Museums, Exhibits, Artists, Milestones, Digital Art, Architecture, Photography,
Photographers, Special Photos, Special Reports, Featured Stories, Auctions, Art Fairs,
Anecdotes, Art Quiz, Education, Mythology, 3D Images, Last Week, .

 

Founder:
Ignacio Villarreal
Editor & Publisher: Jose Villarreal - Consultant: Ignacio Villarreal Jr.
Art Director: Juan José Sepúlveda Ramírez - Marketing: Carla Gutiérrez
Special Contributor: Liz Gangemi - Special Advisor: Carlos Amador
Contributing Editor: Carolina Farias

Royalville Communications, Inc
produces:

ignaciovillarreal.org theavemaria.org juncodelavega.org facundocabral-elfinal.org
Founder's Site. The most varied versions
of this beautiful prayer.
Hommage
to a Mexican poet.
Hommage
       

The First Art Newspaper on the Net. The Best Versions Of Ave Maria Song Junco de la Vega Site Ignacio Villarreal Site