Project to spot gen­uine Car­avag­gio works

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An in­sti­tute ded­i­cated to the work of the Ital­ian artist Car­avag­gio, aimed par­tic­u­larly at iden­ti­fy­ing his gen­uine paint­ings, is to open in Rome.

The re­search and ed­u­ca­tion cen­tre — an un­likely col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween the Borghese Gallery and fash­ion house Fendi — fol­lows a num­ber of false claims of au­then­tic­ity in re­cent years.

“Since the great spe­cial­ists of Car­avag­gio are no longer here, any­one can de­cide to at­tribute a piece to the artist,” the direc­tor of the Borghese Gallery, Anna Coliva, said at a press con­fer­ence to launch the project last week in the Ital­ian cap­i­tal.

The lat­est ex­am­ple of con­tro­versy is a paint­ing found in 2014 in an at­tic near Toulouse in the south of France, which some ex­perts claim is an au­then­tic Car­avag­gio, while oth­ers claim it is a copy.

The Car­avag­gio Re­search In­sti­tute was cre­ated to avoid this kind of dis­agree­ment over the mas­ter of chiaroscuro, Coliva said, re­fer­ring to an oil-paint­ing tech­nique us­ing strong con­trasts be­tween dark and light shades to cre­ate three-di­men­sional fig­ures to dra­matic ef­fect.

The cen­tre’s back­ers hope it will be­come the “global ref­er­ence” in re­search on Car­avag­gio, the find­ings of which will be pub­lished on an on­line plat­form to form a com­pre­hen­sive data­base on the painter, who lived from 1571-1610.

To pub­li­cise their project, Fendi and the Borghese Gallery have de­signed a pro­gramme of exhibitions de­voted to the artist, to be hosted by sev­eral ma­jor mu­se­ums across the world over the next three years.

The first stop of the tour will be the Getty Mu­seum in Los An­ge­les, which will ex­hibit three Car­avag­gio works, loaned by the Borghese Gallery, from Nov 21.

The part­ner­ship be­tween Fendi and the Borghese Gallery was planned “al­most in a joke” by Dario Frances­chini — the Ital­ian Min­is­ter of Cul­ture — who in­vited Fendi to “adopt” a mu­seum, said Pi­etro Bec­cari, pres­i­dent of Fendi.

by Car­avag­gio, in Rome.

Salome Con La Testa Del Bat­tista,

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