Villa with Caravaggio ceiling painting should be auctioned «kleinezeitung.at


The auction of a villa with a unique Caravaggio ceiling painting in Rome ended without a result on Tuesday.

8:45 p.m., January 18, 2022

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Versteigerung wegen Erbschaftsstreits

Das als Villa Aurora bekannte Anwesen in Rom muss wegen eines Erbschaftsstreits versteigert werden. In dem Gebäude befindet sich das einzig bekannte Deckengemälde des Barockkünstlers Caravaggio: „Jupiter, Neptun und Pluto“ aus dem Jahr 1597 von Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio, so sein vollständiger Name. Der damals junge Künstler fertigte das Werk für einen Vorbesitzer des Anwesens, Kardinal Francesco Maria Del Monte, an. Die Immobilie ist nach Angaben des Auktionshauses 471 Millionen Euro wert.

Villa Aurora in Rome
Villa Aurora in Rome © (c) AP (Gregorio Borgia)

Because no bidder den Minimum price of 353.25 million euros The auction has been postponed to April 7, according to the auction house planning to auction the mansion.

Auction due to inheritance dispute

that as Villa Aurora Well-known property in Rome has to be auctioned off due to an inheritance dispute. In the building is the only known Ceiling painting by the Baroque artist Caravaggio: “Jupiter, Neptune and Pluto” from 1597 by Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio, his full name. The then young artist completed the work for a previous owner of the property, Cardinal Francesco Maria Del Monte. According to the auction house, the property is worth 471 million euros.

Ceiling painting by Caravaggio
Ceiling painting by Caravaggio Photo © (c) AP (Gregorio Borgia)

Last lived according to media reports Prince Nicolò Boncompagni Ludovisi with his third wife in the estate. After he died in 2018, however, an inheritance war broke out between the widow and the children from the prince’s first marriage. A judge issued an order that the property should now be auctioned off.

Princess Rita, the third wife of Prince Nicolò Boncompagni Ludovisi (pictured in the background)
Princess Rita, the third wife of Prince Nicolò Boncompagni Ludovisi (on the wedding picture in the background) Photo © (c) AP (Gregorio Borgia)




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