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  • FILE - Undated picture made available Monday, July 19, 2010, by the Vatican newspaper L'Osservatore Romano showing "The Martyrdom of St. Lawrence" painting. The Vatican's top art historian has shot down a report in the Vatican's own newspaper that had suggested that a recently discovered painting was a Caravaggio. The head of the Vatican Museums, Antonio Paolucci, wrote Monday, July 26, 2010, in the Vatican newspaper L'Osservatore Romano that the work, discovered in the sacristy of a Jesuit church in Rome, was most likely a copy of an original painted by a Caravaggio student. It was L'Osservatore Romano itself which last week set the art world aflutter with a front-page article "A New Caravaggio,'' detailing the artistry behind the "Martyrdom of St. Lawrence.'' (AP Photo/L'Osservatore Romano, HO, Zelo Colantoni, File)

    Disputed Caravaggio painting unveiled

    Art officials on Tuesday unveiled the painting at the center of the latest Caravaggio mystery, after the Vatican newspaper first suggested and then denied that the canvas was the work of the Italian master.

  • Art superintendent Rossella Vodret illustrates some detail of the painting at the center of the latest Caravaggio mystery, after the Vatican newspaper first suggested and then denied that the canvas was the work of the Italian master, in Rome, Italy, Tuesday, July 27, 2010. The "Martyrdom of St. Lawrence" would now be examined to ascertain its attribution, but Vodret and other Caravaggio scholars attending the unveiling agreed the painting did not look like a Caravaggio, but rather like the work of his followers. They said the quality did not hold up to Caravaggio's standards. (AP Photo/Pier Paolo Cito)

    Painting at center of Caravaggio mystery unveiled

    It seemed too good to be true: The discovery of a new painting by Caravaggio during the celebrations marking the 400th anniversary of his death. It turns out, it probably was.

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