The Lost Painting

The Lost Painting

Book - 2005
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The intriguing story about an art student's quest to rediscover a lost masterpiece by Caravaggio. Francesca Cappelletti stumbled upon a reference to the Italian master's "The Taking of Christ", a painting last seen two centuries ago. Her search led her to an art restorer in Dublin - and to an amazing discovery.
Publisher: New York : Random House, c2005.
ISBN: 9780375508011
Characteristics: 271 pages ;,25 cm.


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Jul 13, 2017

Just what the reading doctor ordered. NF about the search for a 'lost' painting done by Caravaggio, one of the most enigmatic Italian artists. Two art history grad students get to rummage through obscure public and private archives researching two copies of the same painting when a third one pops up in Ireland. Great stuff, and it is all true.

WVMLStaffPicks Jan 22, 2015

The mystery of a lost painting, one completed by Caravaggio four centuries ago, follows a fascinating detective trail through time and place. Johnathan Harr managed to entice me into his true tale of the search for this masterpiece, The Taking of Christ. It reveals how dedicated art historians can be when they are on the track of something big, and this was big.

Compelling, true story full of mystery about a lost Caravaggio painting and the characters involved are so different and intriguing. My book group loved it and it made for a great discussion.

Feb 03, 2012

I found this book atmospheric and gripping. Of course, having studied art history for half a century and taught it for over three decades, it's right up my alley. Devoured The Lost Painting in one sitting. For me, it had the characteristics of a first-rate detective novel with the added frisson of knowing the players actually exist and the event really took place. Caravaggio, himself, is a compelling and enigmatic figure, and the provenance of the lost painting, obscure. And I loved characters like the chain-smoking, dithery marchesa re-organizing the family archive (and effectively destroying it in the process); the meticulous Italophilic art historian, Denis Mahon (ninety-five when the volume was published), who lives in Rome but can't stand to be embraced (must be a constant battle) and flies around the world to speak at conferences; and the disgruntled, secretive restorer who recovers the masterpiece and undergoes a personality change.

htsmusicmaven Apr 22, 2011

Great true story that reads like a novel. Full of mystery and intrigue.

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