Beyond Caravaggio…

… beyond disappointing?

‘Beyond Caravaggio’ is an exhibition which explores the influence of Caravaggio on the art of his contemporaries and followers.

After a trip to Rome in September, l was so excited to see Caravaggios’ work that l have to admit, l didn’t fully read the review of the exhibition. Only six of the 49 paintings are by Caravaggio, the others are by the Italian, French, Flemish, Dutch, and Spanish artists he inspired. Still, they were beyond stunning, Caravaggio was a genius of light and dark. Famous for his pictorial and narrative power in his paintings, the dramatic lighting effects,  dark backgrounds and highlighted features. This style led to his followers and contemporaries recreating his unique style which became known as Caravaggism.

 

Caravaggio

‘The Taking of Christ’ – Caravaggio (1571-1610)

 

This dramatic style still influences painters and photographers today.

The exhibition runs from the 12 October 2016 – 15 January 2017 at The National Gallery, London

 

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