Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Caravaggio's Greatest French Follower, Valentin de Boulogne (1591-1632) Gets Solo Show at Met Museum

Valentin de Boulogne (French, Coulommiers-en-Brie 1591-1632 Rome). Samson, 1630-31. The Cleveland Museum of Art, Mr. and Mrs. William H. Marlatt Fund.
NEW YORK---The greatest French follower of Caravaggio (1571-1610), Valentin de Boulogne (1591-1632) was also one of the outstanding artists in 17th-century Europe. In the years following Caravaggio's death, he emerged as one of the most original protagonists of the new, naturalistic painting. Valentin de Boulogne: Beyond Caravaggio will be the first monographic exhibition devoted to this artist who is little known because his career was short-lived-he died at age 41-and his works are so rare. Around 60 paintings by Valentin survive, and this exhibition will bring together 45 of them, with works coming from Rome, Vienna, Munich, Madrid, London, and Paris. Exceptionally, the Musée du Louvre, which possesses the most important and extensive body of Valentin's works, will lend all of its paintings by the artist. [link]

Metropolitan Museum of Art: "Valentin de Boulogne: Beyond Caravaggio" (October 7, 2016 - January 16, 2017); 1000 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY; (212)535-7710;