The Kimbell acquires Caravaggio's "Cardsharps"

Caravaggio’s Cardsharps, one of the Museum’s best-known works, had disappeared for nearly 80 years after an 1895 sale before reappearing in Zurich in 1987 and being acquired by the Kimbell. Though skeptics at first thought it was merely a copy, the discovery of Caravaggio’s patron Cardinal del Monte’s wax seal on the reverse of the canvas, as well as evidence of pentimenti (artist’s changes), provided conclusive proof that the painting was Caravaggio’s original, influential masterpiece.

Caption: Caravaggio, The Cardsharps, c. 1594–5, oil on canvas. Kimbell Art Museum

Thursday, January 1, 1987