Curious Objects: Is it real? A Caravaggio Rediscovered

Benjamin Miller and Michael Diaz-Griffith Curious Objects

If you find an Old Master artwork in your attic, how can you be sure it isn’t fake? This month Ben and Michael consider the case of Judith and Holofernes—a painting attributed to Caravaggio that sold to a private buyer on June 25—calling expert Eric Turquin and art critic James Gardner to the stand.

Judith and Holofernes, attributed to Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio (1571–1610), c. 1607. Courtesy Cabinet Turquin.

Eric Turquin is principal of the Paris-based firm Cabinet Turquin, European specialist in Old Master paintings known for many discoveries that have gone on to enrich both museums and important private collections. As a member of the French Syndicate of Professional Experts in Works of Art and Collectibles, Turquin provides his services to 380 auction houses in France and around the world.