The highly anticipated exhibition Beyond Caravaggio
opens in the National Gallery of Ireland on Saturday 11 February 2017.
It brings together over 40 major works, including four master paintings by Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio (1571-1610), complemented by other significant masterpieces by his followers, the Caravaggisti
. Many of the works in the show are on loan from private collections, and regional galleries, and this will, therefore, be a rare opportunity for visitors to see works not easily available to the public.
Ticket booking for the exhibition is through the Gallery’s website. Go to www.nationalgallery.ie
All tickets include a free audio guide to the show.
Caravaggio is widely acknowledged as bringing a revolution to painting during the Baroque period with his dramatic use of light and uncompromising realism. His work had a long-lasting and wide-reaching influence across Europe. This exhibition will show the ways in which a large number of artists adopted Caravaggio’s ideas and developed them to become masters in their own right. Four major works by Caravaggio will take centre stage in the exhibition: The Supper at Emmaus
, 1601 (National Gallery, London); The Taking of Christ
, 1602 (National Gallery of Ireland), as well as two works never exhibited before in Ireland: Boy Bitten by a Lizard
, 1594-95 (National Gallery, London) and Boy Peeling Fruit
, c.1592 (The Royal Collection). Other important works by his followers include a number of French artists, such as Valentin de Boulogne’s Concert with Three Figures,
Georges de la Tour’s Dice Players
Nicolas Regnier’s Saint Sebastian being tended by Saint Irene.
Adrian Le Harivel, co-curator of Beyond Caravaggio
says: ‘”This exhibition will bring together, for the first time in Dublin, thirty major artists who knew or were inspired by Caravaggio. It underlies the incredible impact that he had on painting at the time, whose ripples are still felt today.”
This exhibition is a unique collaboration between the National Gallery, London, the National Gallery of Ireland and the National Galleries of Scotland.
Accompanying the exhibition is a fully illustrated catalogue, published in hardback by the National Gallery Company, London, in association with the National Gallery of Ireland, Dublin, and the Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh. Authors:
Letitzia Treves, with contributions by Aidan Weston-Lewis, Gabriele Finaldi, Christian Tico Seifert, Adriaan E. Waiboer, Francesca Whitlum-Cooper and Marjorie E. Wieseman.
Available to purchase with exhibition tickets online; or through the Gallery Shop (€25hb).
Letizia Treves, Curator of Italian and Spanish Paintings 1600-1800 at the National Gallery, London, in collaboration with Adrian Le Harivel, Curator of British Art, National Gallery of Ireland, and Aidan Weston-Lewis, Chief Curator and Head of the Print Room at the National Galleries of Scotland.
The exhibition will be accompanied by a free audio guide.
Education & Public Engagement Programme
The Gallery has organised a wide-ranging public programme to accompany the exhibition, on the theme, ‘The Dark, The Light, The Drama
’, featuring free lunchtime pop-up talks, drop-in tours and evening lectures with Caravaggio specialists. There will be activities scheduled for all age-groups, including drawing workshops for adults, teens and children. There will be community outreach activities and resources for Teachers, Schools and Youth, as well as Sunday matinée film screenings, music performances by the Royal Irish Academy of Music and a very special comic event with leading lights in the Irish Comic Illustrator scene.
The programme of events will start with a free public talk, Beyond Caravaggio: Introduction to its Riches
, on Sunday 12 February at 3pm with Adrian Le Harivel, co-curator of the exhibition.
Full calendar details are online www.nationalgallery.ie or pick up a free brochure in the Gallery.