Caravaggio and His Time: Friends, Rivals and Enemies

National Museum Of Western Art, Tokyo

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Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio(1571–1610) was a brilliantly talented Italian painter renowned today as one of the greatest masters of Western art history. Caravaggio’s dramatic use of light and shadow that puts his figures in sharp relief, and his plain realism that defied any idealization, form the motive forces behind the flowering of a new age of art known as the Baroque. Indeed, his painting style was fervently carried on by painters throughout Europe, not only in Italy, influencing major artists such as Rubens, La Tour and Rembrandt.
This exhibition featuring approximately 50 works will showcase Caravaggio’s masterpieces loaned from major Italian museums, along with works by the important painters in each country that reveal his influence. To introduce the entirety of Caravaggio’s artistic and private personalities, the display will also include original archival documents on lawsuits, violence, and other troubles that characterized the artist’s strife-torn life.



from March 01, 2016 to June 12, 2016
Until 20:00 on Friday. From June Until 20:00 on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday.



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