Thursday, October 8, 2009
The finding of The Taking
I just finished reading this book, The Lost Painting by Jonathan Harr. It was recommended by Tony from my painting class who had seen the post I did about Caravaggio back in March and thought I would enjoy reading it. And I did. I enjoyed peaking into this world of art history and research through the eyes of a young art history student living in Rome and then the authentication and restoration process by an experienced restorer in the National Gallery in Ireland. The book tracks the story of this Caravaggio painting, The Taking of Christ, lost for 200 years and then discovered in the 1990s hanging in a Jesuit rectory in Ireland. It also gives details about Caravaggio's tumultuous life, which I found interesting after having had taken that class at RISD. The man holding the lantern at the right side of the painting is supposed to be Caravaggio himself. He often inserted self portraits in his work. The painting was on display at Boston College in 1999. Wish I had seen it.