Caravaggio all-nighter July 17-18: Borghese Gallery, three-church homage 400 years after death

(ANSA) – Rome, July 8 – Rome’s Borghese Gallery and three Rome churches will stay open all night on July 17-18 to let Caravaggio fans admire his works on the 400th anniversary of the Italian Baroque artist’s death.

The five famous Caravaggios in the Borghese have been joined for a current hit show by four masterpieces from three other top Roman galleries: Judith Beheading Holofernes; Narcissus; and two of his eight John the Baptist paintings.

The three churches keeping their doors open for the night are San Luigi dei Francesi with its Martyrdom of St Matthew, St Matthew and the Angel and the Calling of St Matthew; Sant’Agostino with the Madonna di Loreto; and Santa Maria del Popolo with the Crucifixion of St Peter and the Conversion of St Paul.

The initiative will be presented on July 15 by Culture Minister Sandro Bondi.

Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio (29 September 1571-18 July 1610) was active in Rome, Naples, Malta, and Sicily between 1593 and 1610. His intense realism and dramatic use of lighting had a decisive influence on the emerging Baroque school.

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