Adrian Le Harivel : Beyond Caravaggio

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 – here. 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 and 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.”

Exhibition includes:

Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio (1571 – 1610)
The Supper at Emmaus, 1601
Copyright The National Gallery, London 2017

Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio (1571 – 1610)
The Taking of Christ, 1602
Photo Copyright, National Gallery of Ireland

Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio (1571 – 1610)
Boy bitten by a Lizard, 1594-5
Copyright The National Gallery, London 2017

Artemisia Gentileschi (1593 – 1656)
Susanna and the Elders, 1622
Copyright The Burghley House Collection

Cecco Del Caravaggio (1589 – 1620)
A Musician, 1615
Apply House, English Heritage, Photo Copyright Historic England

Pensionante del Saraceni (active in Rome 1610 – 20)
The Denial of Saint Peter, 1615-20
NGI.1178 Photo Copyright NGI

Jusepe de Ribera (1591 – 1652)
Saint Onuphrius, 1630
Photo Copyright National Gallery of Ireland

11 February – 14 May 2017
National Gallery of Ireland

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