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A Fresco by Caravaggio Is Up for Sale in Italy for Almost 500 Million Euros

28.10.2021
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Fresco by Caravaggio Is Up for Sale

In the very center of Rome, a villa was put up for sale, on the ceiling of which was painted the only fresco in the world by the Italian artist Caravaggio.

It is noted that although large buildings were destroyed in the 19th century, Villa Aurora is the only surviving part of the larger Villa Ludovisi, which remained from the 16th-century complex.

villa Caravaggio in the heart of Rome

This villa is located in the heart of Rome. It is surrounded by a garden and covers 2800 square meters. The six-story building houses many works of art, including an oil fresco by Caravaggio.

On the ceiling, the fresco Jupiter, Neptune, and Pluto depicts the three gods gathered around a translucent ball. The work of the artist was commissioned in 1597 by Francesco Maria del Monte, who used the premises as an alchemical laboratory, which was only a very small room.

A Fresco by Caravaggio Is Up for Sale in Italy for Almost 500 Million Euros

According to Alessandro Zuccari, professor of contemporary art history at the University of Rome, the mural is estimated to cost more than 360 million euros. Zukkari, who was asked by the court to evaluate the works of art in the villa, concluded that this work is invaluable because it is the only fresco by one of the greatest artists of modern times. The entire property will be auctioned on January 18.

The sale of the villa comes after a lengthy inheritance dispute following the death of its owner in 2018. The villa is also decorated with frescoes by the Baroque artist Guercino, who worked in the building between 1621 and 1623.

Mansion With Paintings by Caravaggio

Villa Aurora was out of reach for most tourists. Until 2019, the villa and its gardens could only be visited once a month, with prior private tours. In the 19th century, owners began to get poorer, and the property was resold in parts several times.

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