Caravaggio show set for National Gallery (from CBC Ottawa NEWS)

Ottawa’s National Gallery is set to thrill art audiences this summer with the rare chance to see the paintings of Italian master Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio.  The painter gained attention in 1600 by painting with bold realism, dramatic lighting and a sensitivity to his subjects.  But he was also a fugitive and a notorious brawler who died young and broke. Caravaggio was born in 1571 and died in 1610.  Sebastian Schutze, an art history professor at the University of Vienna, will be the show’s guest curator. He said he hopes to show how Caravaggio’s style changed European art forever.  “I think he’s one of the artists that has influenced a larger number of followers than many others, which is amazing because he had a very short career and died early,” Schutze said.  “Nevertheless, painters not just from Rome but Spain, the lowlands, came to Italy to study his work.”  It’s believed there are only about 70 Caravaggio paintings, Schutze said, some of which are contested and some of which will never leave the walls of Italian churches.  The exhibition will feature 10 Caravaggio originals, as well as an additional 50 works by his disciples that come from galleries throughout Europe and North America.  The show, Caravaggio and his Followers in Rome, is set to open on June 17.  READ MORE

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