A blog about art in the classical tradition

Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio (1573 – 1610) St John the Baptist (c. 1604). Oil on canvas. 172 × 104 cm. Nelson-Atkins Museum, Kansas City, Missouri

Does Baroque art burn more calories than other genres? What did that couple in leather pants say about Mary Magdalene looking hot?  Was Luca Giordan0 the first street artist? Is linseed oil more environmentally friendly than egg tempura?

These are questions that naturally occur when seeing a Caravaggist exhibition in LA.  I’m kidding . . .  sort of.

In the past two days, I have visited the Los Angeles Museum of Art twice to see Bodies and Shadows: Caravaggio and His Legacy  ( 11 Nov 2012 – 10 Feb 2013). It is a remarkable exhibition, for eight works by Michelangelo Caravaggio on view and even more for the large body of Baroque works on load from over a dozen international institutions.  (Whether or not you are able to attend, the exhibition catalogue has good illustrations–at a reasonable price–of the remarkable gathering of works at the show.)

Francisco Zurbarán. (Francisco de Zurbarán (1594-1664) Saint Serapion (1628) Oil on canvas.

I’ve heard a lot of bellyaching about there “only” being eight Caravaggio’s. Hogwash. There are at least two dozen paintings that, alone, would be worth the price of admission.



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2 Comments to “Caravaggio and His Legacy in Los Angeles . . . errr what you doing here?”

  1. Pasquino says:

    Another excellent catalogue well worth getting is ‘Carravaggios Rome’ an exhibition held in Rome at the mo. Very scholarly articles that thankfully cover the broadness of early seventeenth century art in the city, rather than mulling over the usual overly annualised life and works of Michelangelo Merisi.

  2. Thanks, that’s a great suggestion. I’ll check it out.

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