Mystery of The Lost Caravaggio

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Mystery of The Lost Caravaggio
Directed byEmanuele Flangini
Produced bySky Arts Production Hub
Written byDonato Della Valle
Sky plc
Distributed bySky Vision
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Mystery of The Lost Caravaggio is an Italian English language documentary on the theft of the Nativity with St. Francis and St. Lawrence by Caravaggio. It is produced by Sky Arts Production Hub.


The documentary tells of the 1969 theft of the Nativity with St. Francis and St. Lawrence by Caravaggio from the Oratory of San Lorenzo in Palermo.

In addition to retracing the history of the painting from its creation to the unresolved theft, the documentary tells the recreation of the work at the hands of a team of historians and technical conservators who have made a re-materialization identical to the original. The documentary narrates the findings and scientific studies on other works by Caravaggio and on the few existing photographs of the original together with the investigations into the unexplored possibilities in the field of conservation of the historical-artistic heritage.

Among the contributors there are the President of the Italian Republic Sergio Mattarella, Claudio Strinati, Pietro Grasso, Kate Bryan and Adam Lowe. The documentary reconstructs the history of theft of the Nativity and its restitution among the stuccoes of Giacomo Serpotta, in the place for which the painting was originally conceived.[1][2][3]


The re-materialisation of Caravaggio's Nativity with St. Francis and St. Lawrence by a group of conservative and historical technical experts at Factum Arte was commissioned by Sky plc and given to the Italian Republic so that it could be returned to its original place. In Palermo an official ceremony was held with the President of the Italian Republic Sergio Mattarella.[4][5]


  1. Squires, Nick (December 10, 2015). "How a long-lost Caravaggio masterpiece was recreated, nearly 50 years after it was stolen". The Telegraph.
  2. Vivarelli, Nick (December 18, 2015). "Murdoch-Owned Sky Paybox Mixes Philanthropy And Production With 'Operation Caravaggio'". Variety.
  3. Zalewski, Daniel (November 28, 2016). "The Factory of Fakes". The New Yorker: 75, 77.
  4. Neuendorf, Henri (December 11, 2015). "Caravaggio Masterpiece Stolen in Notorious Mafia Heist Replaced with Replica". Artnet News.
  5. Kirchgaessner, Stephanie (December 10, 2015). "'Restitution of a lost beauty': Caravaggio Nativity replica brought to Palermo". The Guardian.

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