Long-lost Caravaggio painting goes on display in Tokyo

People look at "Maria Magdalene in Ecstasy" by Italian maestro Caravaggio during the media preview prior to the opening ceremony of the "Caravaggio and His Time: Friends Rivals and Enemies" exhibition in Tokyo
People look at 'Maria Magdalene in Ecstasy' by Caravaggio during the media preview prior to the opening ceremony of the Caravaggio and His Time: Friends Rivals and Enemies exhibition in Tokyo Credit: AP

A long-lost painting by the Italian master Caravaggio is being shown to the public for the first time at an exhibition in Tokyo.

After being lost for more than 400 years, Mary Magdalene in Ecstasy was found in a private collection in 2014 and identified as an original by Mina Gregori, an Italian art historian and Caravaggio specialist. The 1606 work was previously known only through copies made by followers of the artist.

The painting is one of 11 Caravaggio works in the show, Caravaggio and His Time: Friends, Rivals and Enemies, which opened at the National Museum of Western Art on Tuesday and runs until June 12. The show also includes 40 paintings by other artists who were influenced by him.

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Caravaggio, who died in 1610, was an innovative painter widely viewed as one of the founders of baroque art. His work influenced many other 17th-century artists.