New Exhibition at Muscarelle Seeks to Further Caravaggio Art Debate (from WyDaily.com)

DSCF3212-300x203While scholars squabble over the attribution of two centuries-old paintings, the Muscarelle Museum of Art is putting the authority in the hands of its patrons.

The museum’s latest exhibition, Caravaggio Connoisseurship: “Saint Francis in Meditation” and the Capitoline “Fortune Teller,” features works by Italian painter Michelangelo Merisi, also known as Caravaggio. The exhibition opens to the public Saturday, but a VIP preview was held Thursday evening.

In the show are two nearly identical versions of “Saint Francis in Meditation,” which have sparked controversy in the art world.

Caravaggio is known for his realist depictions of daily life, and these images depict Saint Francis alone holding a skull. Both date to the beginning of the 17th century, around the time Caravaggio was hiding out after killing someone in a sword fight.

In 1908, the first “Saint Francis in Meditation,… READ MORE ON WYDAILY.COM

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