by Alain Chivilò
Announcement exhibition from the National Gallery London.
After twenty years a new painting by Caravaggio on display in UK from 18/4 until 21/7/2024 at Rooms 46, admission free: The Last caravaggio.
From Italy a precious loan: The Martyrdom of Saint Ursula, 1610, from Intesa Sanpaolo Collection (Gallerie d’Italia, Naples).
It will be connected with the painting present at National Gallery Collection: Salome receives the Head of John the Baptist, about 1609 – 10.
Two masterpieces painted by Caravaggio towards the end of his life. The theme of violence but, also the artistic vision of a seventeenth-century Italian artist. Talented, turbulent, ready to defend himself, he represented works with a refined light for unique details with undisputed strength and visual power.
As communicated, The Martyrdom of Saint Ursula, which was only reattributed to Caravaggio in 1980 following the discovery of an archival letter describing its commission, presents a rare opportunity to explore the final period of Caravaggio’s life. It was sent from Naples (where the picture was painted) to Genoa (where its patron, Marcantonio Doria, lived), records the final stages of the painting’s commission. The letter (from Archivio di Stato, Naples) will display in the exhibition for the first time in UK. Salome receives the Head of John the Baptist, was also painted towards the end of Caravaggio’s life.
©AC, NDSL, AM, Alain Chivilo