100 Early Caravaggio Artworks Discovered

Will appear in ebook tomorrow
By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 5, 2012 2:11 PM CDT
100 Early Caravaggio Artworks Discovered
Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio's 'Lute Player' is pictured.   (AP Photo/ Prado Museum)

Art lovers around the world are in for a treat tomorrow: For the first time ever, they'll get to see 100 newly discovered paintings and sketches by a young Caravaggio, the great Renaissance painter. The works, estimated to be worth nearly $900 million, will appear in a 600-page Amazon ebook, the Telegraph reports. They're likely from 1584 to 1588, during Caravaggio's years apprenticed to the painter Simone Peterzano.

Italian art historians found the "new" materials at Peterzano's Milan workshop. "We always felt it was impossible that Caravaggio left no record, no studies in the workshop of a painter as famous as his mentor," says an expert who, along with colleagues, has been studying the works for two years alongside established Caravaggio works. (Read more Caravaggio stories.)

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