Tuesday, October 9, 2018

In Paris, a celebration of Caravaggio’s Roman days

By Farah Nayeri
“Supper at Emmaus” by Caravaggio was painted after he was on the run from Rome — and staying on an estate outside the city — because of his involvement in a fatal stabbing. Credit Pinacoteca di Brera
One evening in May 1606, a street in downtown Rome became the scene of a gory confrontation. Caravaggio fled Rome, putting behind him what was arguably the richest and most productive period of his career, and died in Tuscany four years later, a fugitive from justice. Caravaggio’s Roman period, which began in 1592, is being celebrated in an exhibition at the Jacquemart-André Museum in Paris (through Jan. 28, 2019). Ten of his paintings are being shown alongside nearly two dozen works by his peers and rivals, including Cavaliere d’Arpino, Annibale Carracci and Orazio Gentileschi. [More]
Michelangelo Merisi, dit Caravage, Ecce Homo - © Musei di Strada Nuova, Genova