LES BATELIERES PRODUCTIONS, ARTE FRANCE
German, English, French
TV, DVD, NON-THEATRICAL, INTERNET, VOD
April 2016, an earthquake shakes the art world. A masterpiece has just been uncovered. A Caravaggio maybe. As soon as the name is pronounced, the French State blocks the painting on the territory and the market ignites. Starting bid: 120 millions euros. This could turn into the art sale of the century.
The occasion is unique: we have the exclusivity to follow the preparation of the auction. From Paris to Toulouse, Milan to Naples via Rome, New York, Malta, Syracuse and Tokyo, we will experience the countless upheavals caused by this rediscovered painting with those who will seal its fate. This film offers a subjective dive into an extraordinary investigation: Who is Caravaggio? Why does his name panic the market? Why are his paintings worth so much? What does this painting represent? How and who decides on an attribution? We will go behind the scenes into the closely knitted world of art experts to understand the secrets behind the assessment of an art piece, that mixes science, historical analysis and intuitions. Past and present will telescope to understand better the apparatus of the art world and try to elucidate the mysteries of a splendid work of a Master of painting and his senseless and often misunderstood life of cursed artist and brilliant thug.