Kimbell Art Museum, from october 16, 2011: Exhibition “CARAVAGGIO AND HIS FOLLOWERS IN ROME”




 Kimbell Art Museum, Forth Worth, Texas – October 16, 2011 through January 8, 2012

This ambitious exhibition explores the profound influence that Caravaggio had on painters from all over Europe who traveled to the papal city of Rome to profit from its vitality as a cultural capital. Not since Michelangelo or Raphael had one artist affected so many of his contemporaries and so irrevocably changed the course of European painting.

Caravaggio and His Followers in Rome brings together approximately 60 paintings by Caravaggio and the artists who were first to respond to his revolutionary new style. The 400th anniversary of the artist’s death was celebrated in 2010 with several significant exhibitions in Italy that reconfirmed his legacy and the remarkable power of his paintings. The present exhibition, organized by the National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, and the Kimbell Art Museum, provides an unprecedented occasion for a North American audience to examine his work and its impact on a whole generation of artists of Italian, French, Dutch, Flemish, and Spanish origin who resided in Rome during his lifetime and immediately afterwards. A core of paintings by Caravaggio will be matched with major works by such diverse figures as Orazio Gentileschi, Jusepe de Ribera, Simon Vouet, and Gerrit van Honthorst––artists whose imaginations were indelibly impressed by the master’s sense of drama, monumentality, and humanity…. READ MORE ON “KIMBELL ART MUSEUM” OFFICIAL SITE


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