Owning a home can be stressful at times. If you own an old home, chances are there is always work that has to be done in order to keep the house in good condition. Roofs need to be replaced, paint needs to be touched up every few years, and then there are those pesky appliances that need to be updated every so often. Not to mention the exterior of the home. Lawns need to be mowed frequently and bushes need to be trimmed often.
While there is a lot of stress involved in owning a home, there is also a lot of joy. Memories are made in nearly every nook and cranny of a home, no matter how old it is. And every so often, you may stumble across some cool nostalgia left behind by a previous owner.
One lucky homeowner stumbled across what he later learned was a very notable piece of artwork while he was fixing a leaky roof in the attic of his Toulouse, France home. In fact, his discovery was so important that it created some worldwide buzz. He happened to come across a 400-year old painting that is thought to have been created by Caravaggio, an Italian artist who was a highly influential during the renaissance period.
The painting depicts a graphic scene in which biblical heroine, Judith, beheads an Assyrian general. Other artists believe that it is one of the famed, Caravaggio’s because it is similar to another one of his works that is currently hanging in a Roman palazzo.
When the homeowners came upon the once in a lifetime discovery, they hired an art expert who believes that the painting is genuine.
“Artists have certain ticks in their work and because this painting has several ticks similar to Caravaggio’s other works, we are sure that this was one of his paintings. It can be seen in the masterly execution,” said Art Expert, Eric Turquin. “We know that this was a great picture in its time.”
Other experts aren’t quite ready to declare that the painting is real, but the French government is playing it safe saying that it is a national treasure. They are putting an export ban on it for the next thirty months while it is examined. If it turns out to be a genuine Caravaggio, experts are saying that it could be worth $130 million.
The arguments will continue until a decision is made about its authenticity. One thing that is agreed upon is the fact that nobody seems to know how the painting made its way to France. They also are baffled how it went undiscovered for 150 years. Nobody is questioning the quality of the work done, instead, they are struggling to find out who, exactly did the work.
Several commenters shared their opinions on whether they thought the piece was genuine or not…
“This could be painted by a computer using artificial intelligence. Deep Learning techniques can learn the style of the artist and paint just like him.”
“Of course the owners want it to be Caravaggio, after all the painting would be worth 100m +, but I’m not so sure. At that time, studios were filled with people, and one of the steps of studying with a master was to copy his paintings, which is why there are many similar paintings. To simply look or even analyse the pigments doesn’t tell us much. The painting’s provenance must be investigated. Very beautiful, anyway.”