“Ecce Homo” by Caravaggio is on Display at Museo del Prado

Rediscovered Caravaggio Masterpiece “Ecce Homo” on Display at Museo del Prado until October 13th

Unveiling a Masterpiece: Caravaggio’s “Ecce Homo”

Art enthusiasts and historians alike are abuzz with the unveiling of a recently rediscovered masterpiece, “Ecce Homo” by Caravaggio. The masterpiece is now on display at the Museo Nacional del Prado in Madrid. “Ecce Homo” is a striking example of Caravaggio’s dramatic realism. “The Lost Caravaggio” is a special one-piece exhibition on view from May 28 to October 13, 2024. Though the exhibition is in Spain, the connections to Italy and the legendary Italian painter are profound.

Ecce Homo by Caravaggio
“Ecce Homo” by Caravaggio. | © Wikimedia Commons

The Journey of Rediscovery: From Madrid to Rome

Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio, known for his intense and realistic depictions, painted “Ecce Homo” around 1605-1609. This period was pivotal in his career, characterized by powerful religious themes and innovative use of light and shadow. The painting depicts Pontius Pilate presenting a scourged Christ to the crowd. It exemplifies Caravaggio’s mastery of creating emotion and drama. The work was first part of the private collection of Phillip IV of Spain. This commission emphasized the deep historical ties between Italy and Spain in the art world.

Pulini’s Revelation: Identifying a Masterpiece

The painting’s journey back to prominence is a story of intrigue and expertise. Initially, experts attributed it to a follower of José de Ribera when it appeared at the Ansorena auction house in Madrid in April 2021. However, Italian art historian Massimo Pulini, renowned for his expertise, quickly identified the painting as a genuine Caravaggio. Pulini’s sharp eye and deep knowledge of Caravaggio’s style were instrumental in recognizing the true value of this artwork.

Restoration and Celebration: Preserving a Legacy

Pulini’s initial evaluation set off a chain of events that culminated in the painting’s withdrawal from the auction and its subsequent authentication by experts, including Claudio Falcucci, who used advanced scientific techniques to verify its origin. Andrea Cipriani led the restoration, meticulously preserving the original colors and contrasts, ensuring the painting fully restored its authenticity and magnificence.

Exploring Caravaggio’s Legacy: Insights and Reflections

This rediscovery and restoration are celebrated in the collaborative publication “Caravaggio: The Ecce Homo Unveiled,” featuring essays by prominent scholars such as Keith Christiansen, Gianni Papi, Giuseppe Porzio, and Maria Cristina Terzaghi. Their contributions provide deep insights into the painting’s stylistic, technical, and iconographic aspects, further cementing its place in Caravaggio’s oeuvre.

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Exhibition Details

Location: Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid, Spain
Dates: May 28, 2024, to October 13, 2024
Website | Visit Room 8A

Don’t miss this unique opportunity to experience the brilliance of Caravaggio’s “Ecce Homo,” a testament to the enduring power of Italian art and its far-reaching influence.


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Lisa Morales

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Based in Miami, I am the Editor-in-Chief for Live in Italy Magazine. I am a member of the International Food Wine Travel Writers Association (IFWTWA) and contributor to internationally recognized art; food and wine; and travel publications. In my free time, I love to cook and bake; take photographs; go for nature walks; and run on the beach. I am WSET 2 Certified and working on the CSW. I look forward to getting to know you! Follow Us @LiveInItalyMag 🇮🇹.

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