Seeing this exhibition was not only recommended by my tutor as part of the A3 feedback but it was already on my todo list anyway after researching him during part three. I’ve left myself plenty of links to pick up on when I have more time (currently I’m behind in my plan for A4 so I want to revisit this afterwards). I didn’t want to repeat too much of the information I’ve already covered on Caravaggio.
The exhibition focus is on the spread of Caravaggism (the international artistic phenomenon which swept Europe where artists emulated the work of Caravaggio, his naturalism and dramatic lighting effects, chiaroscuro etc) so many of the artists are not well known, which didnt go down that well with the critics as there was not that many actual Caravaggio pieces.
It starts by looking at his early years in Rome where he painted The Cardsharps (this was not in the exhibition though, see my previous post) and Boy bitten by a Lizard (see below). His paintings of this period were considered highly original because of their naturalistic lighting and everyday subject matter of youths, musicians, cardsharps and fortune tellers.
Many of his followers not only emulated his style but also his subject matter. For example:
TODO: finish write up.