Caravaggio's Cardsharps on Trial

July 31 2020

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Picture: Burlington Press

Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

This looks like an interesting book for anyone interested in what happens when art experts disagree about the attributions of paintings.

The Burlington Press have recently published the above book Caravaggio's 'Cardsharps' on Trial: Thwaytes v. Sotheby's by Richard E Spear. Spear, an expert on Italian Baroque Painting, acted as the expert witness in the case concerning a painting that Sir Denis Mahon had bought at Sotheby's and had declared a Caravaggio in full.

Here's AHN's summary of the story back in 2013.

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