Thursday, August 4, 2016

UK's National Gallery Scours Local Collections for 'Unfashionable' Caravaggios

By Hannah Furness
The Supper at Emmaus, Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio, 1601 
UNITED KINGDOM---When staging a blockbuster art exhibition, it is usual for curators to call on the leading museums of the world to loan their finest objects. But the National Gallery has this year turned instead to the UK’s smallest art collections, scouring churches, stately homes and private houses for works of Caravaggio. Nearly 50 works of art will be assembled at the gallery, showing how Caravaggio and his followers were once so deeply unfashionable that only a select few ventured to collect them. The star painting of the exhibition, The Supper at Emmaus, was so unpopular in days gone by that it was given to the gallery in 1839 by an owner who could not find anyone to buy it at Christie's. "Beyond Caravaggio" opens in London on October 12. [link]

Salome receives the Head of John the Baptist, Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio, 1609-10