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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Missing Caravaggio Back in Public Eye




NEWTON, Massachusetts -- A Caravaggio painting that seemingly disappeared for 200 years will be displayed at Boston College in its North American premiere.


"The Taking of Christ" is one of only some 35 paintings by the Italian master known to exist today. Painted in Rome in 1602, it disappeared in the late 18th century. In 1993, it was rediscovered in Dublin in a Jesuit community residence.


A gift by its former owner to the Jesuits, the painting f which had been falsely attributed to Gerard Honthorst, one of Caravaggio's followers f had hung in the Jesuits' dining room for 60 years before it was recognized during renovations. The work was cleaned and restored, and was given on indefinite loan to the National Gallery of Ireland in Dublin.