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      Caravaggio comes to Canada

      Jul. 11, 2011

      Ottawa’s National Gallery of Canada is the place to be this summer for any and all art lovers. The Gallery’s latest exhibit, Caravaggio and his followers in Rome, features an unprecedented twelve Caravaggio paintings. Never have so many works by the great Italian artist been seen in North America. And considering the fact that only sixty Caravaggio works exist, this collection is so much more impressive.

      The exhibition explores the profound impact of the work of Caravaggio on a wide range of painters of Italian, French, Dutch, Flemish and Spanish origin who resided in Rome either during his lifetime or immediately afterwards. Next to each Caravaggio painting we see other paintings that were directly influenced by that very work. It is a unique experience to be able to compare the artists’ works side by side.

      The exhibition features a total of fifty-eight works by more than thirty artists, including Valentin de Boulogne, Bartolomeo Cavarozzi, Georges de la Tour, Artemisia Gentileschi, Orazio Gentileschi, Gerrit van Honthorst, Peter Paul Rubens, and Simon Vouet.

      Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio (1571-1610) was a painter who broke with tradition and helped usher in the Baroque period in painting. His life was a troubled one though, and he would die at the young age of 38 after numerous periods of time spent in jail or on the run from authorities. He was a violent character prone to arguments and duals. But when Caravaggio was in front of a canvas, the results were breathtaking.

      Caravaggio and his followers in Rome runs until Sept 11, 2011 at the National Gallery of Canada, located at 380 Sussex Drive, in Ottawa. The Gallery is open daily, from 10:00AM to 5:00PM, and Thursdays until 8:00PM.

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