14. October - 12. February 2017 Wiesbaden


Caravaggio, The Musicians, Metropolitan Museum of Art
Francesco, Saint Cecila, Grenoble, Musée de Beaux-Arts
Atemisia Gentileschi, Judith, Museo di Campodimonte
Massimo Stanzione, Massacre of the Innocent © Graf Harrach’sche Familiensammlung, A-2471 Schloss Rohrau, Österreich Next

Exhibition in Wiesbaden Showcases the Masters of  Baroque in Naples

This exhibition will bring together works of renowned and lesser-known masters to make visible the artistic development of an entire epoch in all its prolific diversity. For the first time, the German public will be able to view Italian-Spanish Baroque painting in the context of its opposing currents and the genuine competition among its artists – beginning with the innovative style of Caravaggio (1571—1610) to the gradual development of a pronounced local tradition and culminating in the synthesis embodied in the sensuous paintings of Luca Giordano (1634—1705) and Francesco Solimena (1657—1747). Visitors will enjoy the exceptional diversity of religious and mythological themes, as well as still lifes and allegories that shape the narrative of this particularly fascinating century.

The exhibition was inspired by several paintings of the old masters in Museum Wiesbaden’s own collections — The Crowning of Christ with Thorns by Luca Giordano and Rebecca bidding farewell to her parents by Francesco Solimena. Visitors will be able to experience Neapolitan life with the help of a multimedia reproduction of the Cappella del Tesoro, the centerpiece of Naples in the Cathedral of the coastal metropolis.

All in all, some 140 paintings and works on paper on loan from collections in Europe and abroad will be on display. Together with renowned artists of the period, such as Artemisia Gentileschi (1593—1653) and Jusepe de Ribera (1591—1652), the works of lesser-known masters seldom exhibited in Germany to date provide a larger context for understanding the broader influence of this, as yet, little known school.

The exhibition opens on October 13, 2016 and will be open to visitors until February 12, 2017 at the Museum Wiesbaden, Germany. The Prime Minister of the German federal state of Hesse, Volker Bouffier, as well as the Embassy of the Italian Republic in Berlin are patrons of the exhibition Caravaggio’s Heirs  Baroque in Naples.

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