Caravaggio Exhibition at the Columbus Museum of Art, Ohio

The Columbus Museum of Art will host the exhibition “Caravaggio: Behold the Man!” through February 5, 2012.

Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio is remembered as much for his unconventional lifestyle as for his immeasurable talent. His revolutionary art, along with a life of personal excess, punctuated by late night brawls, attempts on his life and multiple arrests, culminated in a papal death warrant that forced the artist to live in exile. Tragically, he died while making his way to Rome after having received news of a pardon. Although his life ended abruptly at the age of 38, Caravaggio’s powerful realism has impacted generations of artists.

Saint John the Baptist painting by Tanzio da Varallo, oil figure painting, art exhibition, Columbus Museum of Art

Saint John the Baptist (ca 1618; oil on canvas, 30½x24½) by Tanzio da Varallo (1575-1635). Allen Memorial Art Museum, Oberlin College, Oberlin, OH; R.T. Miller Jr. and Mrs. F.F. Prentiss funds, 1987

Ecce Homo (Behold the Man), lent by the Musei di Strada Nuova–Palazzo Bianco, Genoa, is the centerpiece of this exclusive exhibition. Underscoring his remarkable influence upon his contemporaries will be 10 additional paintings by artists who emulated Caravaggio’s distinctive and dramatically realistic style. Saints and sinners alike, they demonstrate the importance of Caravaggism throughout 17th-century European painting.

Ecco Homo (Behold the Man) painting by Caravaggio, oil figure painting, art exhibition, Columbus Museum of Art

Ecco Homo (Behold the Man) (ca 1605; oil on canvas, 503⁄8x40½) by Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio (Italian, 1571-1610). Musei di Strada Nuova—Palazzo Bianco, Genoa; © Archivioi Fotografico del Centro di Documentazione per la Storia, l’Arte e l’Immagine de Genova


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