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Kimbell Art Museum Opens Caravaggio Exhibition

Caravaggio and His Followers in Rome is on view at the Kimbell October 16, 2011–January 8, 2012.

Caravaggio, Martha and Mary Magdalene, c. 1598, oil and tempera on canvas. Detroit Institute of Arts. Gift of the Kresge Foundation and Mrs. Edsel B. Ford.

Caravaggio (1571–1610) was one of the most influential figures in the history of art. He overturned the artistic conventions of the day and created stunningly dramatic paintings, both sacred and secular. This ambitious exhibition explores the profound impact of his work on the wide range of painters of Italian, French, Dutch, Flemish, and Spanish origin who resided in Rome. Arranged by theme, it includes over 50 paintings, with Caravaggio’s compelling images juxtaposed with those he inspired. This is the second largest display of his paintings in North America and only the third Caravaggio exhibition to be held in the United States.

The exhibition is supported by an indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities. Promotional support is provided by American Airlines, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, and NBC 5. A fully illustrated exhibition catalogue has been published by Yale University Press, New Haven and London, in association with the National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa.

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