The Montpellier Agglomeration Fabre Museum and the Augustin Museum in Toulouse present the exhibition "Bodies and shadows Caravaggio and European Caravaggism" from June 22 to October 14, 2012
As part of the Franco-American cultural cooperation organization FRAME (French Regional American Museum Exchange), the Montpellier Agglomération Fabre Museum and the Augustin Museum of Toulouse are joining together in 2012-2013 with the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art of Hartford to present an exhibition on European Caravaggism. One of the goals of this project is to show the richness of the museums in the FRAME network on this subject.
In Montpellier, this exhibition presents authentic works by Caravaggio to show the artist's international influence, starting with his first followers and friends. For example, Manfredi, Gentileschi (father and daughter), and Saraceni all propagated the new iconography created by Caravaggio, along with his dramatic use of light and the realism of his models.
The major French painters Vouet, Valentin Boulogne and Tournier in Rome from 1620 were all strongly influenced by this highly innovative style.
After Caravaggio left Rome, his stay in Naples marked the origin of the Neapolitan school of painting, with artists such as Ribera, Caracciolo, and Giordano.
In Spain, Velasquez and Zurbaran were also influenced by Caravaggio for a short period.
A room of the exhibition is dedicated to the major works of Georges de La Tour, the most illustrious representative in France of the "reality painters", also a follower of Caravaggio.
While this exhibition is on in Montpellier, the Augustin Museum in Toulouse is presenting additional works on the theme of Nordic Caravagists, offering a complementary look at the Master's influential new approach.
After Toulouse and Montpellier, a smaller version of the exhibition travels to Los Angeles and Hartford (USA).
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