Light, darkness, and drama – the revolutionary influence of Caravaggio
The dramatic lighting and intense naturalism of Caravaggio's paintings inspired a multitude of artists during his lifetime and in the decades immediately following his untimely death.
'Beyond Caravaggio' is the first major UK exhibition 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, The Taking of Christ, 1602. On indefinite loan to the National Gallery of Ireland from the Jesuit Community, Leeson St., Dublin who acknowledge the kind generosity of the late Dr Marie Lea-Wilson, 1992.
Photo © The National Gallery of Ireland, Dublin