(ANSA) – Rome, January 4 – Caravaggio will play a starring role in Italy’s line up of major exhibitions this year.
Events confirmed so far span a range of eras and styles, from Ancient Greece to 1960s America, but the spotlight will be on Caravaggio, who died 400 years ago this July.
The first exhibit in the series of Caravaggio tributes is already under way in Rome’s Borghese Gallery. Running until January 24, it compares the work of 20th-century British artist Francis Bacon to that of the 16th-century Italian master. The exhibition highlights the revolutionary approach adopted by both in their representation of the human body and their focus on carnality above spiritual and religious convention.
Another Rome event, at the Scuderie del Quirinale Museum, picks up the Caravaggio baton on February 18, featuring a selection of premium loans from around the world.
Fewer than 40 of the artist’s greatest masterpieces will go on display but all are authenticated works. Although the exhibition will draw a clear line between attributed and confirmed works, it will look at some of the controversy surrounding Caravaggio and his style.
In particular, it will examine his renowned technique and address the debate over whether he worked individually, with another artist or as part of workshop.
Two further Caravaggio exhibitions are also scheduled, although details have not yet been released.
The Uffizi Gallery and Palazzo Pitti in Florence are hosting a joint event in May, entitled ‘Caravaggio e i Caravaggeschi’, which will look at work by the master and those who adopted his style and followed in his footsteps. The other event gets under way in October at the Castel Sismondo in Rimini. ‘Caravaggio and other 17th-Century Painters’ will showcase an array of masterpieces on loan from the Wadsworth Atheneum in Hartford, Connecticut.
Although Caravaggio, who died in 1610 at the age of 37, will be the biggest combined attraction of this year, a range of other crowd-pullers are also planned for coming months. An exhibition opening at the end of January in the town of Forli will focus solely on depictions of flowers by a host of masters from the 1500s to the early 20th century.
Work by Rembrandt, Vincent van Gogh, Caravaggio, Claude Monet, Paul Cezanne, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Giovanni Boldini and Giuseppe De Nittis will be among those featured at the San Domenico Museum.
In early February, the Capitoline Museum in Rome will showcase an extraordinary exhibition of Ancient Greek-Roman sculpture, entitled ‘The Age of Conquest’. March’s top exhibit is one devoted to Spanish master Francisco Goya and his successors. Milan’s Palazzo Reale promises over 180 paintings, etchings and drawings reconstructing the relationship between Goya and artists that have shaped the development of art over the last two centuries. Works by Eugene Delacroix, Paul Klee, Oskar Kokoschka, Joan Miro, Pablo Picasso, Jackson Pollock and Willem De Kooner are among those included. The first Italian retrospective of work by 20th-century US artist Edward Hopper will take place at the Fondazione Roma in early spring, while the capital’s Palazzo dell Esposizioni will stage an exhibit of work by Italy’s renowned metaphysical artist, Giorgio De Chirico, running from April until July. The northern city of Udine will investigate the work of the three Basaldella brothers, Afro, Mirko and Dino, who won international recognition for their contribution to the 20th-century Abstract movement. Over 40 paintings by Norwegian artist Edvard Munch will go on show in Udine later in the year, while Ferrara’s Palazzo dei Diamanti plans an October exhibit devoted to the work of 18th-century French artist, Jean-Baptiste-Simeon Chardin.
Towards the end of the year, French artwork will again take centre stage, with an exhibition at Genoa’s Palazzo Ducale entitled ‘The Mediterranean, from Corot to Monet to Matisse’.