A final-minute intervention by Spain’s Culture Ministry has prevented a portray it believes could possibly be the work of Italian grasp Caravaggio from occurring the public sale block in Madrid on Thursday.
Auction home Ansorena stated it had withdrawn the portray recognized as The Crown of Thorns, with a beginning worth of simply 1,500 euros ($1,785) from the sale, after the ministry instructed it on Wednesday the work couldn’t be exported and consultants have been finding out its provenance.
Currently attributed to an artist belonging to the circle of Seventeenth-century Spanish painter Jose de Ribera, the oil portray depicts an agonized Christ, blood dripping from his crown of thorns.
“Let’s see if it is a Caravaggio, or was painted by a follower of Ribera, as previously attributed,” Culture Minister Jose Manuel Rodriguez Uribes instructed reporters.
“Anyway, the decision (to ban export) was right because the painting is valuable,” he added. The ministry intervened after some consultants expressed doubts in regards to the attribution.
Now Spanish authorities have to find out if the Italian baroque painter, who died in 1610 in his late 30s after a turbulent life, is the actual painter. Caravaggio was a grasp of utilizing the chiaroscuro strategy of lighting to make his topics appear to return alive.
Very few of his works, that are value thousands and thousands, are in non-public collections.