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In the vaults of Buckingham Palace to find work by Caravaggio

November 11 2006

The collection of paintings owned by a British queen, art historians have discovered painting by Italian artist Michelangelo's early XVII century, Caravaggio's "The Calling of the Apostles Peter and Andrew, dating from about 1610 a year. Which was stored in the vaults of the canvas was considered a bad copy of a lost original.

In the royal collection of paintings, apparently came under King Charles I (1625-1649). Repeatedly ponovlyavsheesya canvas for three and a half centuries was covered with such a thick layer of varnish and dirt that its authenticity was forgotten. The hypothesis that the picture painted by Caravaggio, an Italian expert nominated by Maurizio Marini. The results of its clearance and restoration persuaded all the leading art historians.

"The Calling" was the fourth canvas by Caravaggio, identified during 2006: in January, two paintings by masters were discovered in France, in October, another was found in Italy, reports The Times.

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