So the exhibition will also present selected documents from the State Archives of Rome and of Siena, concerning Caravaggio's life and art; documents that have radically changed the chronology of his early Roman years and revealed mysterious gaps in his activity. In fact, there is no information about the period from the end of his apprenticeship with Simone Peterzano in 1588 and 1592, when his name appeared in a notary deed drawn up in Milan. In the same way, his arrival in Rome is not documented until the beginning of 1596. So a mystery still surrounds the vicissitudes of his life during these eight, which are a lot for a painter who worked for less than 15 years in all.
The museuma and Italian collections participating in the show, include: Galleria degli Uffizi, Palazzo Pitti and Fondazione Longhi, Florence; Galleria Doria Pamphilj, Musei Capitolini, Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Antica-Palazzo Corsini and Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Antica-Palazzo Barberini, Rome; Museo Civico, Cremona; Banca Popolare di Vicenza; Museo e Real Bosco di Capodimonte and Gallerie d’Italia Palazzo Zevallos, Naples.
Among the most prestigious foreign loans: The Holy Family with the Infant St John (1604–1605) from the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Salome Receives the Head of John the Baptist (1607 or 1610) from the National Gallery, London; St Francis of Assisi in Ecstasy (c.1597) from the Wadsworth Atheneum of Art, Hartford; Martha and Mary Magdalene (1598) from the Detroit Institute of Arts; St John the Baptist in the Wilderness (c.1603) from the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City; Penitent St Jerome (1605–1606) from the Museu de Montserrat, Barcelona.
Exhibition curated by
Maurizio Calvesi and Mina Gregori
Keith Christiansen, President
Caterina Bon Valsassina
† Giorgio Leone