The first Colnaghi & Factum project: A digital scan of a painting by Caravaggio
The rediscovered Caravaggio was originally attributed to the circle of José de Ribera, considered to be one of the best artists working in a Caravaggesque manner. The painting, depicting Pontius Pilate displaying Christ, was put on sale by the Madrid auction house Ansorena by the Pérez de Castro Méndez family. It was pulled from auction in April 2021, following a decision by the Spanish Ministry of Culture. Experts from the Museo del Prado agreed there were multiple reasons to attribute the painting to Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio, and an export ban was imposed. According to historical sources, Caravaggio was commissioned to paint an Ecce Homo in 1605 by Cardinal Massimi, when he was at the height of his fame in Rome. The recording of the painting in April 2021 created a digital passport, after which it underwent light restoration and consolidation by a team of experts at Museo del Prado.