A Case of Caravaggiomania (from ARTnews)

The bad boy of Baroque is back in style with scholars, museumgoers, filmmakers, and even video artists
by Ann Landi

It has been a very big year for the Baroque genius Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio (1571–1610). An exhibition of some two dozen of his paintings, commemorating the 400th anniversary of his death, packed in the crowds at Rome’s Quirinale last spring. News of the discovery of his bones in the Tuscan town of Porto Ercole, verified by DNA analysis, made headlines around the world. And at the annual convention of the College Art Association, University of Toronto art historian Philip Sohm, a specialist in the Italian Renaissance and Baroque periods, announced in a slightly tongue-in-cheek PowerPoint presentation that Caravaggio’s popularity—if measured by the number of books, catalogues, and scholarly papers devoted to him—has overtaken that of the other Michelangelo (Buonarroti) in the last 50 years……. READ MORE ON ARTNEWS


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