Three years ago, a work of art was auctioned for 1,500 euros, the authorship of which was attributed to a student of José de Ribera, however the Prado Museum alerted the Spanish Ministry of Culture, so the case was investigated in detail. painting and it turned out to be Ecce Homo de Caravaggio.

This work, which represents one of the greatest discoveries in the history of art, is presented at the Museo Nacional del Prado from May 28 to February 23, 2025.

The painting is exhibited thanks to the fact that its new owner loaned the work, for nine months, to the Museo Nacional del Prado, which is presented in a special installation in room 8A of the Villanueva building, under the name “Ecce Homo. The lost Caravaggio.”

The work was painted by the great Italian artist around 1605-09, was part of the private collection of Philip IV of Spain and is one of approximately 60 known works by Caravaggio that exist, which gives it extraordinary value.

When the Ministry of Culture was alerted about the work, it declared it unexportable and the Community of Madrid declared it to be an Asset of Cultural Interest (BIC), the maximum protection for heritage.

The work has been in the custody of the Colnaghi art gallery, in collaboration with Filippo Benappi (Benappi Fine Art) and Andrea Lullo (Lullo Pampoulides) and has been restored by the specialist Andrea Cipriani and his team under the supervision of experts from the Madrid’s community.

In conjunction with the exhibition, a publication is presented that shows the results of its research, interpretation, circumstances of its discovery, its provenance, the stylistic, technical and iconographic aspects of the work, its critical fortune and Caravaggio’s legacy.

In the Prado Museum page You can learn more details about the work, and what you need to know to visit it.

The Prado Museum is open from Monday to Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., and Sundays and holidays from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

The entrance price is 15 euros, although from Monday to Saturday from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. and on Sundays and holidays from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., entry is free.


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