Prepare for a whole new kind of cultural experience: a Caravaggio exhibition in Rome that doesn’t feature a single canvas of the fiery Baroque master.
It features an innovative video installation combined with an original musical score and even fragrances. The aim is to engage visitors on a sensorial and immersive journey into the world of the 17th century painter.
“Usually, when you visit an exhibition, you see the paintings or the sculptures together with the information provided by the gallery, and that’s it. Instead, here, the aim is to stimulate visitors, the images are like apparitions, they’re like characters entering our space from a far away world,” says art historian Claudio Strinati.
Michelangelo Merisi Caravaggio pioneered the Baroque painting technique known as chiaroscuro, the use of strong contrasts between light and dark.
Considered the greatest Italian painter of his time, he led a violent, chaotic life and died young at the age of 38.
“Caravaggio painted people, characters. This type of display allows us to focus on the characters, isolating them from the works they are usually associated with. This makes it possible for researchers and students of art history to focus on particular details that one wouldn’t always notice when looking at the original art work,” says Strinati.
Featuring a selection of 57 works, Caravaggio Experience runs at Rome’s Palazzo delle Esposizion until July 3rd.