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Beyond Caravaggio

Letizia Treves, Aidan Weston-Lewis (Contributions by), Gabriele Finaldi (Contributions by), Christian Tico Seifert (Contributions by), Adriaan Waiboer (Contributions by), Francesca Whitlum-Cooper (Contributions by), Marjorie E. Wieseman (Contributions by)


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A fascinating examination of Caravaggio and others who adopted his dramatic style of painting

The Italian painter known as Caravaggio (1571–1610) claims a place among the most revolutionary figures in the history of art. His intense naturalism, almost brutal realism, and dramatic use of light had a wide impact on European painters, including Orazio Gentileschi, Valentin de Boulogne, and Gerrit van Honthorst. Each of Caravaggio’s followers absorbed something different from his work, propagating his stylistic legacy across Europe.
In this extensively illustrated catalogue, Letizia Treves introduces the international Caravaggesque movement and traces the distinct artistic personalities of its leading players. Even now, Caravaggio’s name overshadows the other talented artists who adopted his approach to narrative painting: the use of theatrical lighting to illuminate a story encapsulated in a single, dramatic moment. Treves explains the innovative and unifying features of these painters’ work and how, despite resistance to their style and subject matter, many outstanding Caravaggesque pictures found their way into important collections.

Praise For Beyond Caravaggio

"[A] gorgeously illustrated catalog."—Tom L. Freudenheim, Wall Street Journal

National Gallery London, 9781857096026, 208pp.

Publication Date: November 22, 2016

About the Author

Letizia Treves is curator of Italian and Spanish paintings, 1600–1800, at the National Gallery, London.