'The Taking of Christ' by Caravaggio was thought to be a lost masterpiece until it was recognised in the residence of the Society of Jesus in Dublin.
'The Taking of Christ' by Caravaggio was thought to be a lost masterpiece until it was recognised in the residence of the Society of Jesus in Dublin. For many years it was thought the painting hanging in the Jesuit dining hall was a copy until Sergio Benedetti of the National Gallery of Ireland saw it. He thought it might be the original, and so a long period of research to establish its authenticity began.
The Jesuit community placed 'The Taking of Christ' on indefinite loan in the The National Gallery of Ireland. In 2004 Gareth O'Connor reported for RTÉ News that the National Gallery could declare that this painting was an authentic work by Caravaggio. The Gallery was responding to claims by an art expert in Rome that another painting was the original work and that the Dublin Caravaggio might be a copy.
Interviewed in the report are Raymond Keaveney Director and Sergio Benedetti, Head Curator at the National Gallery of Ireland.
The report was first broadcast on 17 February 2004.