“Beyond Caravaggio”: National Gallery, 12 Oct 2016 – 15 Jan 2017

Charting the phenomenon of Caravaggism through the work of his contemporaries and followers.

Caravaggio never established a workshop so there was no school to spread his techniques, he also never publicly set out his approach to art. And yet his distinctive style – intense naturalism, dramatic close-ups and powerful contrasts in light and dark – was embraced by artists across Europe, both during his lifetime and in the years that followed his death.

This exhibition explores the many international iterations of the ‘Caravaggisti’ – those who championed the Italian’s talents and sought to recreate the key elements of his work. It includes painters as diverse as Orazio Gentileschi, Valentin de Boulogne and Gerrit van Honthorst.

Caravaggio first found fame in Rome in 1600, where he was lauded right from his first commission. As his success skyrocketed, patrons fought to secure his craftmanship and his peers began to emulate his aesthetic. However in 1606 the artist had to flee to Naples – he had killed a man in a brawl and there was a death sentence on his head – where he could start … READ THE FULL ARTICLE HERE

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