Thursday, May 25, 2017

Caravaggio’s last paintings may hold a clue to the controversial painter’s mysterious final days

ARTNET | NEWS
By Henri Neuendorf
Caravaggio The Denial of St Peter (1610). Photo: courtesy of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.
NEW YORK---The Metropolitan Museum of Art has brought together the last two paintings that Caravaggio created in the final months of his life, in an exhibition that reflects the artist’s struggle to come to terms with his tumultuous personal saga. He eventually met a painful death—either by illness on a fatal shore, or murder—that is still shrouded in speculation. At the time of painting his final two masterworks—The Denial of Saint Peter and The Martyrdom of Saint Ursula, both from 1610—Caravaggio was in extremis. Reuniting the paintings for the first time since 2004, the show is a rare opportunity to see these dark scenes side-by-side. [More]
Caravaggio’s The Martyrdom of St Ursula (1610). Photo: courtesy of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.

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