Until 28 January 2019, ten masterpieces by the artist will exceptionally be brought together for this unique event in Paris, to dialogue with paintings from leading contemporary painters, such as Cavaliere d’Arpino, Orazio Gentileschi, and Giovanni Baglione.
These extraordinary canvases from major Italian museums will retrace Caravaggio’s Roman period from 1592 until he fled into exile in 1606. They will be complemented by the works of leading contemporary painters in order to highlight Caravaggio’s innovative genius and the artistic effervescence that reigned in the Eternal City at the time.
From friends to enemies
“Caravaggio's Roman Period - His friends and enemies” will focus on Caravaggio’s Roman period and the artistic circle in which he moved, looking at Caravaggio’s links with the collectors, artists, poets and scholars of his time.
The exhibition will focus on life in Rome at the beginning of the seventeenth century, by looking at the artistic activity in the major workshops, in which Caravaggio began his career. It was during this period that Caravaggio met various figures who were to play a key role in his career: Marchese Giustiniani and Cardinal Francesco Maria del Monte, who were to become Caravaggio’s foremost patrons. Through these collectors and their palaces, you will see the influence of Caravaggio and his themes on European painters.
After looking at Caravaggio’s friends and supporters, the exhibition will focus on his enemies and rivals who were also part of the art scene in Rome at the time. Caravaggio—the painter did not want other artists to imitate his style, but this did in fact occur—sometimes clashed with his confrères during discussions, lawsuits, and even brawls.