Saturday, November 5, 2016

‘Valentin de Boulogne: Beyond Caravaggio’ Review: Intensity and Intricacy

By Karen Wilkin
‘Martyrdom of Sts. Processus and Martinian’ (1629-30), by Valentin de Boulogne. PHOTO: VATICAN MUSEUMS, VATICAN CITY
NEW YORK--One exceptionally gifted French-born painter’s response to the allure and challenge of Caravaggio is the focus of “ Valentin de Boulogne: Beyond Caravaggio,” at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, a brilliant, compelling exhibition organized by Keith Christiansen, the Met’s chairman of the Department of European Paintings, and the French art historian Annick Lemoine. (Since the last survey of French followers of Caravaggio was seen in 1973, the current show was so eagerly awaited that the Louvre lent all six of its important Valentins, including those never made available.)  [link]