February at the National Gallery
This will be the first significant exhibition to be held in the UK of the late paintings of Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio (1571-1610), the most original and influential Italian painter of the 17th century, and a modern icon. Caravaggio revolutionised the art of his time by shunning the prevailing standard of ideal beauty in favour of compelling realism that shocked and moved his audiences. Using dramatic lighting with great expressive force, Caravaggio gave his paintings a truly remarkable sense of actuality that continues to engage and astonish. Included will be the monumental Flagellation (Naples, Museo di Capodimonte), the Annunciation (Nancy, Musée des Beaux Arts), and the Crucifixion of St Andrew (Cleveland Museum of Art). The exhibition will feature one of Caravaggio's most heartfelt paintings, The Adoration of the Shepherds (Messina, Galleria Regionale), never lent outside Italy before. This exhibition will also include The Martyrdom of Saint Ursula, (Naples, Banca Intesa) the last picture Caravaggio painted before his early death. Today Caravaggio is celebrated as the first great realist and a prototype of the rebellious, tormented genius in literature, film, philosophy, psychoanalysis, criticism and journalism.
in this season all reflect some aspect of Caravaggio's paintings or life:
the street models he painted realistically and used to convey the spiritual
message of his paintings are animated in Mean Streets and Mamma Roma;
his theatrical, often violent, interpretation of subjects is echoed in
the unflinching narrative and overt staginess of The Cook, the Thief,
His Wife and Her Lover and in the rich, visceral colours of La Reine Margot;
while his sense of composition suggests itself in the way characters are
framed in the elegant study of repressed passion, In the Mood for Love.
The season opens with Derek Jarman's recreation of Caravaggio's life and
art and ends with Federico Fellini's intimate portrait of Rome, the city
where Caravaggio first achieved fame and from which he was later forced
to flee after killing a man.
Wednesday Lates take place every week, with additional activities on the first Wednesday of every month. Whilst talks, a bar and live music will be providing entertainment in the Sainsbury Wing Foyer, education will be organsing a series of evening lectures throughout the month on subjects ranging from the current exhibition Caravaggio, Conservation and Love (see Adult Events)
Education Events - To book please call 0870 990 8453 (booking fee)
one keep paintings that are up to seven centuries old, many of them extremely
fragile, looking good but at the same time acknowledge their importance
as historical objects? The preservation of art for future generations
is a central function of the National Gallery. In this talk, David Bomford,
Senior Restorer at the Gallery, discusses some of these issues and looks
at a number of case studies.
UNDER - 5'S
storytelling Tuesday 15 - Friday 18 February, at 11.30am Join us on the
Magic Carpet as it comes to land in front of a different painting each
Every Saturday and Sunday at 11.30 am, join us for a themed children's tour of paintings. Aimed at families with children aged 5 to 11. Meet in the Education Centre Foyer, Orange Street Entrance.
Join us on the second weekend of each month for our regular, gallery-based, family drawing event. Each month a different theme is explored. Sessions last one hour and include a lively talk and drawing activity. All materials are provided and participants receive a free souvenir pencil. All children must be accompanied.
PEOPLE AGED 12 TO 16