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The last Caravaggio

ISBN: 9781857097207
Format: Paperback
Publisher: *National Gallery London
Origin: GB
Release Date: May, 2024

Book Details

A focus on Caravaggio’s last work, The Martyrdom of Saint Ursula , telling the story of an empowered female saint In early May 1610, Caravaggio finished painting The Martyrdom of Saint Ursula . Two months later, he was dead, having been disfigured in a brawl and become ill while trying to return from exile to Rome. Caravaggio is one of the most famous and instantly recognisable artists in the world. His paintings open a vivid and startlingly modern window onto the seventeenth century, while his own turbulent life story, characterised by violence, murder, exile, and untimely death, remains a source of fascination. Few paintings are better placed to tell this story than The Martyrdom of Saint Ursula . Here, violence takes place at uncomfortably close quarters as Caravaggio, whose own self portrait is included, looks on helplessly. Published by National Gallery Global/Distributed by Yale University Press Exhibition Schedule: National Gallery, London (April 18-July 14, 2024). It is not a travelling exhibition; however, the National Gallery is borrowing the painting from the Gallerie d’Italia in Naples.