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Caravaggio: Exhibition in Rome commemorates Baroque master

2010-02-23

Francesco Buranelli
Director

“It’s a grand exhibition on one of Italy’s most significant artists. Caravaggio died 400 years ago in 1610, and although he wasn’t born in Rome, he’s considered Roman by adoption, so what better way to commemorate his death.”

It’s a journey through time that shows the evolution Caravaggio’s short artistic career.

Francesco Buranelli
Director

“The exhibition is a chronological evolution of his works of art, there are some from the early point in his career to his phase as a mature artist.”

During the first few years of his career, Caravaggio represented light themes, like ‘The Lute Player’, ‘Bacchus’ or the famous ‘Basket of fruits’, in which he is able to create a unique perspective by using a plane background.

Step by step, the artist would leave those themes behind and he would eventually illustrate more complicated topics such as the kind in ‘Entombment of Christ’, in which he illustrates a complicated geometrical composition to highlight the lifeless body of Jesus. There’s also ‘The Taking of Christ’.

In it, he creates an incredible sense of movement through the apostles facial expression and contrast of the darkness of the armour with the colors and the folds of the garments of the other characters.

Caravaggio, the master of light and shadows is showcased in this unparalleled exhibition, which will be in Rome until June 2010.


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