Light, darkness, and drama – the revolutionary influence of Caravaggio
With their eye-catching, dramatic lighting and intense naturalism, Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio's paintings inspired a multitude of artists during his lifetime and in the decades immediately after his untimely death.
'Beyond Caravaggio' is the first major exhibition in the UK to explore the impact of Caravaggio’s work both on the art of his contemporaries and followers.
Artists as diverse as Gentileschi, Valentin, and Honthorst were drawn to his strikingly original paintings. Each absorbed a different aspect of his work, helping to propagate his style across Europe and giving rise to the international movement known as ‘Caravaggism’.
This exhibition is a collaboration between The National Gallery, London, the National Gallery of Ireland and the National Galleries of Scotland.
Image above: Detail from Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio, Salome receives the Head of John the Baptist, 1607–10