Spain blocks export of painting that could be a lost Caravaggio

Spain blocks export of painting that could be a lost Caravaggio

The Guardian

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Crowning with Thorns was due to be sold by auction in Madrid on Thursday with guide price of €1,500

Before it was pulled from sale, lot 229, a small but luminous oil painting of the scourged Christ attributed to the circle of the 17th-century Spanish artist José de Ribera, had been due to go under the hammer in Madrid on Thursday with a guide price of €1,500 (£1,300).

Closer inspection, however, has raised suspicions that the Crowning with Thorns may be the rather more valuable work of the Italian master Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio, leading the Spanish government to impose an export ban on the painting.

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