The time spent in Naples was a key moment in Caravaggio’s life and works. The intense rendering of passion and intuition in the most iconic paintings produced by the Master in his Naples’ period has impacted on the contemporary vision of the Lombard artist’s style and personality, become more melodramatic following the episode of the murder in Rome.
This exhibition explores the painter’s Neapolitan period and the legacy he left in the city, so crucial to the founding of the baroque poetic and the spread of Caravaggio-like naturalism in 17th-century European painting.
Caravaggio spent a total of 18 months in Naples, between 1606 and 1610. It was a crucial period for his life and works but less well known than his time in Rome.
New finds and recent international debates are being showcased 15 years after Capodimonte’s last exhibition on the Lombard master (“Caravaggio. L’ultimo tempo”, 2004), along with a detailed chrono-biography reorganising literary and documentary details (published and non-) of the period.
A strictly scientific approach compares the works Merisi executed in Naples, drawn from museums in Italy and abroad, including extraordinary loans such as The Flagellation of Christ belonging to the Musée des Beaux-Arts in Rouen.
Of all the many exhibition initiatives featuring Caravaggio’s work, this exhibition offers a unique opportunity to reflect on this extreme but fascinating passage in the artist’s life, allowing greater understanding of his time in Naples and its significance for the development of painting in Italy and Europe.
Friday 12 april 2019
Sunday 14 july 2019
Museo e Real Bosco di Capodimonte
via Miano 2
Every day from 8.30 am to 7.30 pm (last entry 6.30 pm)
Adult 14 Euros
Concessions 11 Euros
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Cristina Terzaghi and Sylvain Bellenger
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