Old Master

You no longer have to trek to the Tate to see a Baroque masterpiece – Clerkenwell’s Museum of the Order of St John is now home to Caravaggio’s The Cardsharps (1595).

The painting, on long-term loan from a private collector, has a labyrinthine history. It went missing from records in the 19th century until it ended up in Texas in 1985. In 2006, another version of The Cardsharps was discovered and proved to be an earlier Caravaggio. It is this work that is now on display in Clerkenwell. And it’s a homecoming of sorts for the notorious artist, who was expelled from the Order in Malta in 1608 after a violent brawl. www.museumstjohn.org.uk