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The drama of Caravaggio

Arrogant, rebellious and a murderer, Caravaggio's short and tempestuous life matched the drama of his works. Characterised by their dramatic, almost theatrical lighting, Caravaggio's paintings were controversial, popular, and hugely influential on succeeding generations of painters all over Europe. Get a taste for the drama with three of his paintings here.

Rembrandt's self portraits

Rembrandt painted more self portraits than any other 17th century artist and we have two of them in our collection. Compare and contrast his self portraits at age 34 and 63 here or come face to face with them in Room 22.

July's Picture of the Month: At Handeck

Alexandre Calame’s view of the Swiss Alps is small in size but ambitious in scale. Transport yourself to a meadow in the Haslital Valley here

New loan: Cézanne's 'The Sea at L'Estaque'

Pop into Room 41 to see a new loan by Cézanne from a private collection. This work was painted when Cézanne was staying at L'Estaque, a fishing village near Marseille. He worked out-of-doors, focussing on the violent Mediterranean light and its ability to both enhance colours and flatten volumes.

"It's like a playing card", he wrote, "Red roofs against the blue sea". 

Who was Bartolomé Bermejo?

Bermejo is the focus of our new free exhibition, Bartolomé Bermejo: Master of the Spanish Renaissance, but who was he and why is his life shrouded in mystery? 

Find out with 10 things you should know

Take One Picture

From a multicoloured fabric print to wire sculptures, see how children have been inspired by Joseph Wright 'of Derby' in our free Sunley Room exhibition until 11 August. 

Read about Take One Picture