Wednesday, 2 May 2012

Cash in the attic?...

A more recent attraction in the Loire Valley town of Loches is the display of two paintings 'Supper at Emmaus' and 'Doubting Thomas' by Caravaggio.The paintings were discovered discarded in the organ loft of Saint Antoines church in the town in 2006 and were identified on an inventory as original Caravaggio's and reputed to be worth up to £50 million each !

Although initially authenticated as originals various experts have since doubted the pictures are by him. This has not stopped Loches promoting itself as a 'Caravaggio town' and they can be viewed where they were discovered in a specially commissioned annex at the church of Saint-Antoine.

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