Book Review: “The Lost Painting” by Jonathan Harr

This book describes the journey of finding the lost painting by Caravaggio, called “The Taking of Christ.” It also goes into more details about Caravaggio’s tumultuous life. It reads like a novel, full of twists and turns. The main characters were interesting. I learned a lot more about restoration of painting and techniques to authenticate a painting. An artist’s life, like Caravaggio’s, was fragile and at times suicidal. Living between feast and famish, Caravaggio was at his best when driven to the extreme, running away from the authority after killing a man in a fight.

The secret aristocratic, art society was revealed somewhat. The competition to find the lost painting was fierce.

I utterly enjoyed the audio book.