Caravaggio: Behold the Man

May 15, 2012 at

Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio is remembered as much for his unconventional lifestyle as his immeasurable talent. His  revolutionary art along with a life of personal excess, punctuated by late night brawls, attempts on his life,  and multiple arrests, culminated with a Papal death warrant that forced him to live as an exile. Tragically, he died while making his way to Rome after receiving news of having been granted a pardon. Although his life ended abruptly at the age of 38, his powerful realism impacted a generation or more of European artists.

Caravaggio paintings are quite rare as he only painted about 80 known works, ten of which as in the U.S. This is only the second time the Ecco Homo, the centerpiece of Columbus Museum of Art's exclusive exhibition, has been displayed in the U.S. The Columbus Museum of Art joins the City of Columbus in celebrating our great city’s Bicentennial with programs and exhibitions throughout 2011 and 2012.  Caravaggio: Behold the Man! commemorates the Columbus Bicentennial through the celebration of the sister city relationship between Columbus, Ohio and Genoa, Italy.

October 2015


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