Art historians have known for years that many works by the Italian baroque painter Caravaggio (1571-1610) have been lost to time. Somewhere — in a storeroom, in a small parish church, hanging above a fireplace — a masterpiece lies forgotten, mistaken for a copy. Author Jonathan Harr embarks on a spellbinding journey to discover the long-lost painting known as The Taking of Christ. Its mysterious fate and the circumstances of its disappearance have captivated Caravaggio devotees for years. In The Lost Painting, a young art historian stumbles across a clue in a dusty archive and tracks the painting across a continent and hundreds of years in history. But it is not until she meets an art restorer working in Ireland that she finally manages to assemble all the pieces of the puzzle.