06/12/2022 - 28/01/2022
C17th - Painting
Neapolitan Painting and the Caravaggesque
"Powerful expressiveness, merciless naturalism and dramatic chiaroscuro define the art of Baroque Naples. Caravaggio’s brief stays in the port city in the first decade of the seventeenth century ignited a revolution in Neapolitan painting.
As successive generations of Spanish Habsburg and Bourbon rulers, formidable clergymen and a thriving local aristocracy and merchant class competed for prestige in Italy’s then-largest city, their lavish patronage stimulated the creativity of both local artists and visiting foreign masters to extraordinary heights of achievement."
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