Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Review: Caravaggio's Imitators Pale Beside the Painter's Irresistable Genius

By Alastair Sooke
Caravaggio's The Taking of Christ, 1602, on show as part of Beyond Caravaggio at the National Gallery CREDIT: THE NATIONAL GALLERY OF IRELAND
UNITED KINGDOM---Few artists get the juices flowing quite like Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio (1571-1610). He behaved like a devil, but could paint like an angel. And this dualism has made him a figure of perpetual fascination. Make no mistake, though: Beyond Caravaggio at the National Gallery is not a monographic show devoted to this charismatic Italian, who revolutionised art history by painting directly from life and experimenting with dramatic effects of lighting. Rather, it is about something subtler: Caravaggio’s impact upon his immediate circle and followers. Indeed, of the 49 paintings in the exhibition, only six are by Caravaggio. [link]

The Supper at Emmaus (1601) by Caravaggio CREDIT: THE NATIONAL GALLERY