Caravaggio in Rome

Written by Katie Parla on February 21, 2010

From February 20 until June 13, the Scuderie del Quirinale in Rome will be hosting an exhibit on the innovative artist Caravaggio, giving visitors the rare chance to see twenty-four of his works brought from collections around the world. Several of the canvases on display will be from Roman collections so be aware that the following works will be on loan to the exhibit for the next five months:

Judith Beheading Holofernes , Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Antica
The Deposition, Musei Vaticani
David with the Head of Goliath, Galleria Borghese
Boy with a Fruit Basket, Galleria Borghese
Resting on the Flight to Egypt, Galleria Doria Pamphilj
St John the Baptist, Galleria Corsini
St John the Baptist, Musei Capitolini

The Conversion of Saul from the Odeschalchi family’s private collection will also be on display. The show is sure to be packed, so if you want to see Caravaggio’s paintings in relative peace, you will have to seek them out in the churches of Rome. Look for the St Matthew cycle in San Luigi dei Francesi, The Conversion of Saul and the Crucifixion of St Peter at Santa Maria del Popolo, and the Madonna di Loreto in Sant’Agostino. Several more canvases hang in the Galleria Borghese and Galleria Doria Pamphilj, as well.

The Caravaggio exhibit at the Scuderie del Quirinale is open Sunday to Thursday 10am-8pm and Friday and Saturday 10am-10:30pm. Tickets cost €10 and can be purchased online here. Visit the official site of the Scuderie for more information. There is also an interesting NPR piece and accompanying broadcast on the artist here.

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