Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Baroque Artists Stepping Out of Caravaggio’s Shadow

By Thomas Marks
The Crucifixion of Saint Peter (1656–59), Mattia Preti, called II Calabrese. © The Barber Institute of Fine Arts, University of Birmingham
UNITED KINGDOM---A few days after the Frieze Week hullabaloo has drawn to a close, ‘Beyond Caravaggio’ (12 October–15 January 2017) opens at the National Gallery. It’s my pick of the autumn openings in London – not so much because of the works by Caravaggio himself that will be on display, but because of what the exhibition promises with that ‘Beyond’. For non-specialists, those baroque artists influenced by the intense theatre of Caravaggio’s works have often seemed to be ‘after Caravaggio’ rather than somehow reaching beyond him: not only working in his shadows, as it were, but also borrowing them directly from his paintings. [link]

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