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Monster Mash: Caravaggio's bones; Raphael work tops 2009 auctions; Roundabout's fiscal woes

December 22, 2009 |  9:15 am


-- Renaissance man: Scientists in Italy have exhumed a set of bones that are presumed to be the remains of artist Caravaggio. (Agence France Presse)

-- Top grosser: A chalk drawing by Raphael that sold for $47.5 million has topped auction sales for 2009. (Bloomberg)

-- Financial trouble: New York's Roundabout Theater Company faces its first budget deficit since 1992. (The New York Times)

-- No confidence: Organizers of a traveling Marc Chagall exhibit have pulled the show from the financially troubled Fresno Metropolitan Museum. (Fresno Bee)

-- Rising tide: The British street artist known as Banksy has created some new work that comments on climate change. (Juxtapoz, via ArtNet)

-- Change of heart? The Metropolitan Opera is considering bringing back Franco Zeffirelli's beloved production of "Tosca" to run with the Luc Bondy production that debuted in September to much criticism. (New York Times)

-- And in the L.A. Times: The Andy Warhol Foundation is helping to fund the Watts House project; the Pacific Asia Museum receives accreditation from the American Assn. of Museums; Mark Taper Forum replaces "Speed-the-Plow" with "The Subject Was Roses," starring Martin Sheen.

-- David Ng

Photo: Italian geologist Antonio Moretti kneels near bones that are presumed to be the remains of artist Caravaggio. Credit: Fabio Muzzi / AFP / Getty Images