Painting in Focus: Caravaggio's Taking of Christ

Monday 17th May 6.00PM

Together we examine the fascinating detective story leading to the rediscovery of Caravaggio’s “Taking of Christ” in Dublin, for many years attributed to Gerard van Honthorst.  The painting which once hung alongside “The Supper at Emmaus” (National Gallery) in the magnificent private collection of Ciriaco Mattei in Rome was considered one of the great masterpieces of its day but would disappear under mysterious circumstances for around 200 years. Thanks to a combination of brilliant detective work and good fortune, the painting re-emerged in 1990. We trace the fascinating trail of clues that led to its rediscovery and consider a number of other Caravaggios which have been dramatically lost and found in recent years, including the disputed “Judith Beheading Holofernes” which was discovered in a French attic in 2014, valued at $170 million, withdrawn from auction at the last minute and sold privately for an undisclosed sum in 2019.

This is a live-streamed talk at 6.00pm BST given by lecturer and Art History in Focus director Siân Walters. Tune in from anywhere in the world to watch live, or enjoy a recorded version of the lecture which can be accessed for up to 24 hours afterwards. For those who are unable to participate live, you will automatically be sent a recording soon after the end of the session. Please note, the recording is only available to those who have not been able to participate live, and it is not possible to purchase a recording after booking has closed.

The lecture will last approximately one hour including Q&A.  Please refer to the Further Information panel below. General Booking lines will open on 21st April. Bookings close the day before the event is streamed.


Further Information


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Click on the gold “Book This Course/Event” button on the right hand side now, fill in the online booking form and pay online. You will be notified automatically by email once your booking has been accepted.

Please ensure you enter your email address correctly, as your Zoom link will be sent to this address, thank you.

The participation fee is £10.00 per person, if making bookings for a number of people please provide their email addresses and book them as separate participants.


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** Please note that these details are sent out in office hours, so if you book on a weekend you may not receive them until Monday. You must register with the same name that you have booked under and at least 45 minutes before the lecture begins, otherwise you may not be able to watch. If you have not received your email confirmations, please check your ‘deleted items' and 'junk mail' folders.


Join the lecture at least ten minutes before it is scheduled to start, to ensure everything is working.

If you are not able to watch the lecture at the time it is live-streamed, you can still book online, as above. You will be contacted after the lecture has been broadcast with instructions on how to accessa recording, for up to 24 hours afterwards.You do not need to advise us if you can't participate live, don't worry!

Bookings close the day before the lecture is streamed.

Please refer to our Terms and Conditions for booking this event. We regret that we are unable to offer technical support with Zoom but tips can be found in the attachment. If you would like to book more than one event, please book separately for each lecture that you would like to attend, thank you. If you are booking for more than one person, it is important that you include their email address so that we can send them the lecture link too. We regret we are unable to offer refunds but don't worry if you are not able to attend, as we will send you a recorded lecture link.

Image: Caravaggio, The Taking of Christ © National Gallery Dublin

Last night’s online lecture on Caravaggio was a tour de force! Thank you for such a brilliant analysis of his works”

Mr Richard Barrett

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  • Online, live lecture
  • Viewable from anywhere in the world
  • Live Q&A afterwards


  • Price: £10.00
  • Venue: See Further Information
  • Lecturer: Siân Walters


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