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.
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.
Visit www.columbusmuseum.org for details.