Technology sheds new light on master of shade
MILAN - AFP
He is known as the master of shade, and now 21st Century technology is shedding new light on the creative process behind Caravaggio’s groundbreaking painting.He is known as the master of shade, and now 21st Century technology is shedding new light on the creative process behind Caravaggio’s groundbreaking painting.“Inside Caravaggio,” an exhibition that opened on Sept. 29 at Milan’s Palazzo Reale, unites 20 of the Renaissance giant’s most important works with X-ray and infrared images of them that offer visitors revealing insights into how he went about creating them.
The multimedia displays offer contemporary fans of the father of modern painting a glimpse into his idiosyncratic technique, the points at which he changed his mind and the modifications and adjustments he made to some of his most famous works.Works have been loaned from a string of top Italian and international museums, including the Metropolitan in New York, which has released “Sacred Family with the Infant Saint John the Baptist (1604-1605)” and “Salome with the head of John the Baptist (1607 or 1610).
”Other highlights include “St. Francis of Assisi in ecstasy” (c.1597), borrowed from the National Gallery in London.“It is a special exhibition,” said curator Rossella Vodret. “He was a fascinating figure who never ceases to surprise us. “Apart from offering 20 Caravaggios, which is an exceptional figure for this artist, the displays allow you to get inside his head, to relive his creative process.”
The exhibition also offers a new perspective on Caravaggio’s years in Rome, based on new research that dates the Milan-born artist’s arrival in the city to 1596, four years later than previously thought.“That means that the production of works thought to have taken eight years, were actually completed in four, and also that there is a a gap of four years, which he probably spent in prison after killing a man in Milan,” said Vodret.Caravaggio was forced to flee Rome in 1610 after killing another man in a brawl and is thought to have died in Tuscany four years later, aged just 38.