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FRIDAY

Hard-living, hard-fighting Italian Baroque painter Caravaggio did an exquisite rendering of Judas’ betrayal of Christ to the Romans. Caravaggio was known for dark scenes lit by only one or two sources; in this case, light hits the curve of a soldier’s helmet, Christ’s brow and prayer-laced hands, a soldier’s left butt cheek (hmm), and, over in the corner, a face believed to be a self-portrait. Lost for most of the 20th century, the painting was rediscovered when some Dublin Jesuits called the National Gallery there about having their paintings cleaned. Unbeknownst to the priests—or the woman who gave them the canvases—they had a $30 million masterpiece. Hear author Jonathan Harr describe what could have been the greatest Antiques Roadshow ever when he reads from The Lost Painting: The Quest for a Caravaggio Masterpiece at 7 p.m. at Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free. (202) 364-1919. (Janet Hopf)