A caravaggio at Ansorena?
The most talked-about piece of news last week was the possible Caravaggio that was to be auctioned at the Ansorena auction house in Madrid.
The “Ecce Homo” was to be auctioned for a price of 1,500 euros. But growing rumours that it could be an original work by Caravaggio, led the auction house to withdraw the work in order to make further investigations. In addition, the Ministry of Culture, in an unusual move which seems to confirm the importance of the painting, placed an export ban on the work.
It seems that the expert Maria Cristina Terzaghi, from the University of Rome, is the one who alerted about the authorship of the painting after examining it, however, other scholars such as Nicola Spinoza do not believe that it is a work by Caravaggio, but rather the painting of a quality follower of the painter.
It will be interesting to see how the story develops.