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New painting surfaces as Rome marks 'Caravaggio night'

Text by News Wires

Latest update : 2010-07-17

A painting discovered in Rome may be the work of Caravaggio, the Vatican paper said Saturday, as the Italian capital prepared to mark 400 years since his death. Caravaggio was a master of the chiaroscuro technique of depicting light and shadow.

AP - The Vatican newspaper has reported that a new Caravaggio painting may have been found in Rome, but cautioned that further analyses are required before it can be attributed for certain to the Italian master.

The front-page story in L'Osservatore Romano came out as Italy celebrates the 400th anniversary of Caravaggio's death. This weekend, churches and a gallery in Rome housing works by the painter will stay open overnight to mark the anniversary.

The painting depicts ``The Martyrdom of St. Lawrence'' and belongs to the Jesuits in Rome, the paper said. It did not say where the painting is being studied or who's examining it.

An image of the painting shows a semi-naked young man, his mouth open in desperation, one arm stretched out as he leans over amid flames.
 

Date created : 2010-07-17

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