Not really sure why the federal budget’s hatin’ on arts programming lately, because there are some real SMARTIES involved with its scholarship. For example, there’s all this work going on with contesting the authenticity of a recently-discovered work painted between 1600 and 1610.
People wanted to claim it as an original Caravaggio, but scholars are like, nah, because of the way the blood’s pouring out of the scene’s decapitation. Above is the discovered “Toulouse Canvas,” which is undergoing analysis. Below is an attributed Caravaggio, called Judith and Holofernes.
Art history rules.