The artistic bad-boy of his time, Caravaggio not only made waves throughout the Italian Baroque period with his scandalous behaviour but he also influenced the course of art history. The exhibition “Caravaggio to Canaletto” at The Museum of Fine Arts charts the progression of Italian Baroque art all the way into the elaborate neo-classical forms of Rococo.
Opening with Caravaggio’s early works, his focus on extreme emotional expression and symbolic references became a signature feature of his work. Caravaggio’s use of light and shadow, known as chiaroscuro, became a common feature in Italian Baroque art. His influence is apparent in the exhibition from canvases by his students through to his contemporaries and rivals.
His depiction of un-idealised figures as alternatives to the flawless characters painted by the Renaissance masters created an artistic dialogue in Baroque art, dividing artists up into naturalists and mannerists. The backlash against Caravaggism manifested in Baroque Classicism, an antithesis to the controversial artist’s style. Precise drawing, balanced proportions and polished surfaces grew to dominate, sometimes even eroticising scenes of martyrdom, while playing with Caravaggio’s use of light and shadow and still lifes.
With more than 140 works by 100 masters, the exhibition takes visitors through a journey, demonstrating how one artist can link art movements, and how the transition from the Italian Baroque emotional portraits of Caravaggio led into Rococo ornamentation and Canaletto’s Venetian cityscapes.
See the Exhibition
Museum of Fine Arts, Dózsa György út 41, District XIV
26 October-16 February 2014
Price: HUF 3,200. (Under-26s, over-70s, students: HUF 1,600)
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