Caravaggio and His Followers in Rome explores how one brilliant and temperamental artist changed the course of art history in a career that spanned less than two decades. Five years in the making, the exhibition brings together a dozen of Caravaggio’s masterpieces with more than 40 paintings by the great artists who looked to him for inspiration.
Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio transformed painting, offering a new way of seeing the world and his art continues to speak to us directly and forcefully more than four centuries after his death. Only some 70 works by the master still survive, and those are rarely sent on loan by their owners. Not one of his paintings is held in a public collection in Canada.
This exhibition charts the artist’s development over the course of his infamous years in Rome, chronicling the profound impact he had on artists in Italy and across Europe. The twentieth-century critic Roger Fry suggested he was the first “modern” painter. Caravaggio and His Followers in Rome celebrates his life and his artistic legacy and comprises works by 31 painters including: Peter Paul Rubens, Simon Vouet, Valentin de Boulogne, Orazio Gentileschi, his daughter Artemesia, and Jusepe de Ribera.