This picture is, as I stated before, by my favorite artist, Caravaggio. It is full of drama and emotion, and his paintings are “messy.” There is no sense of serenity in his paintings, they are fully human.
This painting is owned by the Cleveland Museum of Art, but is not currently on display. The painting is undergoing restoration to see if it can safely travel to Europe for an exhibition.
The Cleveland Museum of Art, in its genius, decided to temporarily clean the painting in public. A cleaner would work on the painting in full view of the public and was available at set times to answer questions. Kudos to the Cleveland Museum of Art!