A painting by the 16th Century Italian artist Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio may have been found in an attic in the southern French city of Toulouse, La Depeche reported, citing the Culture Ministry.
The ministry won’t allow the work to leave the country until it has been inspected by experts, the Toulouse-based newspaper said. The painting was discovered by the owners of a house in the Toulouse region in April 2014, in an opening in a wall of the house.
The painting is of Judith and Holofernes, oil on canvas, painted between 1600 and 1610, it said. Experts are divided over whether the work is by the Italian master, who lived from 1571 to 1610, the newspaper said, without identifying them.
The existence of the painting was known by a copy from the period, attributed to Louis Finson, a Flemish contemporary of Caravaggio, according to Cabinet Turquin, a painting expert who has inspected the work, La Depeche said. Turquin is planning a press briefing Tuesday in Paris to present the work.