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Caravaggio painting owned by Queen Elizabeth II goes on display in Rome train station

Caravaggio painting owned by Queen Elizabeth II goes on display in Rome train station

A Caravaggio painting owned by Queen Elizabeth II that languished for years in a dusty storeroom will go on display at a gallery in Rome's main train station Tuesday, officials said.
The restored painting, recently identified by experts as "The Calling of Saints Peter and Andrew," will be on display for the first time at the GATE Termini Art Gallery, an exhibition space at Rome's Termini station.
The picture has been in the royal collection for about 400 years and was long thought to be a copy of a lost original. It rested for years in a storeroom at Hampton Court Palace near London, before being taken out to be restored in 2000.
Denis Mahon, an art expert and one of the curators of the exhibition, said Monday that the return of the painting to Caravaggio's homeland was "a necessary event."
"A masterpiece which was not known so far has turned up," he told reporters at a presentation of the exhibit.
The decision to host the painting in a busy train station will hopefully attract a wider audience, said Mina Gregori, another curator.
From March, the painting will go on display at London's Buckingham Palace, organizers said.
Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio (1571-1610) was the prototype of the fast-living, outlaw artist, frequently involved in brawls and in trouble with the law.
His starkly realist approach to biblical subjects and bold shafts of illumination remain influential.
The exhibit, featuring three other Caravaggio paintings, will run through Jan. 31, 2007.


Updated : 2021-04-22 23:16 GMT+08:00