The first exhibition on Caravaggio arriving at the Museo di Capodimonte in Naples, which explores the works of the Neapolitan stay and the effects on the Neapolitan pictorial school.
Starting from the month of April 2019 there will be an unmissable exhibition on Caravaggio al Museum of Capodimonte which, for the first time, will focus on works created by the great Michelangelo Merisi during his Neapolitan stay, probably the most intense period of his entire artistic production. We still do not know the exact dates but we know for sure that the exhibition will last three months, until July 2019.
A unique event in the national scene that already ranks among the most anticipated exhibitions of spring 2019, in a city like Naples that already hosts, and that will host in the coming months, major artistic events such as the exhibition of Escher at the Pan, That of Chagall at the Basilica della Pietrasanta and that on Canova at the National Archaeological Museum.
The exhibition Caravaggio in Naples was announced in recent days by the director of the Museum of Capodimonte Sylvain Bellenger during an interview with The Republic. He stressed the importance of an exhibition dedicated to Caravaggio in our city after well 15 years of absence.
"It will not be used to make visitors, but to study the 18 months of Caravaggio in Naples and its effect on the Neapolitan pictorial school. A Caravaggio itinerary will follow through the city: the places where he lived and that he attended, that of his study, the one that welcomed him when he arrived as a refugee in a new country with different laws. The last show on Caravaggio in Naples was in the 2004, in these 15 years there have been many novelties and also our vision of Caravaggio has changed: to that focused on prostitutes and the boys of Rome now we prefer that of the drama that follows the episode of the duel by the Merisi by Ranuccio Tomassoni "
Caravaggio in Naples, the works of the Neapolitan period and the effects on Neapolitan painting
The novelty of the exhibition on Caravaggio set up at the Capodimonte Museum is the special focus on the works performed by Michelangelo Merisi in his two Neapolitan stays.
Caravaggio arrived for the first time in Naples in the 1606, fleeing from Rome, and stayed in the Spanish Quarters. Works like the ones date back to this period "Seven Works of Mercy" and "Flagellation of Christ". The second Neapolitan stay was in 1610, the year in which Caravaggio painted the "Martyrdom of St. Ursula", the last work performed before dying and kept in the Palazzo Zevallos Gallery in Naples.
The exhibition Caravaggio in Naples will therefore be an opportunity to understand how the city of Naples, its evocative atmospheres, its characteristic alleys, its environments full of life and stimulating characters, have influenced the artistic production of the Master, reflecting in a particular way also the turbulent and rebellious character. But another good reason to visit this exhibition is to know the influence that Caravaggio had on 17th-century painting in Naples and the effects of his particular art on the Neapolitan pictorial school.