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Experts believed the work may have been done by a follower, likely in Naples, Sicily or Malta _ all places where the painter spent time during his tumultuous life. Caravaggio died in a Tuscan coast town in 1610 in mysterious circumstances, and a group of Italian researchers said recently that they had identified his remains.

The tests on the “Martyrdom of St. Lawrence” will begin in September, accompanied by research of archives and documents in order to trace the history of the painting and who commissioned it. The research will take several months.