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Caravaggio at the Kimbell Art Museum

Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio (Italian, 1571–1610) Boy Bitten by a Lizard, 1594–96 Oil on canvas, 25 5/8 x 20 1/2 in. (65 x 52 cm) Fondazione di Studi di Storia dell’Arte Roberto Longhi, Florence

Until January 8th, the Kimbell Art Museum in Ft. Worth will be hosting an exhibit featuring the works of the infamous Italian painter, Caravaggio (1571-1610). With his dramatic use of light and shadows, Caravaggio brought transition out of the long standing era of mannerism and into a more realistic style of painting that makes his influence on the world of art immense.  Given this, this exhibit does not only feature works of Caravaggio, but also interwoven are works of art from those that he influenced.

Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio (Italian, 1571–1610) Saint John the Baptist in the Wilderness, 1604–5 Oil on canvas, 68 x 52 in. (172.7 x 132.1 cm) The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, Missouri. Purchase William Rockhill Nelson Trust

Set up in themes that explore Caravaggio’s use of the spiritual, the worldly, youth, and more, this exhibit has in total, over 50 paintings.  This is the second largest display of Carvaggio paintings in North America and only the third Caravaggio exhibition to ever be held in the United States. Time is running out on this beautiful exhibit so if you’re looking for something to do between now and January 8th, make your way over to the Kimbell and appreciate in person the drama of Caravaggio!

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