Beyond Caravaggio Letizia Treves, Aidan Weston-Lewis, Gabriele Finaldi, Christian Tico Seifert, Adriaan Waiboer, Whitlum-Cooper, Marjorie E. Wieseman

Publication date:
04 Oct 2016
National Gallery London
208 pages: 279 x 229mm
100 color illus.

A fascinating examination of Caravaggio and others who adopted his dramatic style of painting

The Italian painter known as Caravaggio (1571–1610) claims a place among the most revolutionary figures in the history of art. His intense naturalism, almost brutal realism, and dramatic use of light had a wide impact on European painters, including Orazio Gentileschi, Valentin de Boulogne, and Gerrit van Honthorst. Each of Caravaggio’s followers absorbed something different from his work, propagating his stylistic legacy across Europe.
In this extensively illustrated catalogue, Letizia Treves introduces the international Caravaggesque movement and traces the distinct artistic personalities of its leading players. Even now, Caravaggio’s name overshadows the other talented artists who adopted his approach to narrative painting: the use of theatrical lighting to illuminate a story encapsulated in a single, dramatic moment. Treves explains the innovative and unifying features of these painters’ work and how, despite resistance to their style and subject matter, many outstanding Caravaggesque pictures found their way into important collections.

Letizia Treves is curator of Italian and Spanish paintings, 1600–1800, at the National Gallery, London.

"[A] gorgeously illustrated catalog."—Tom L. Freudenheim, Wall Street Journal

"A sumptuously illustrated examination of the great Italian master’s revolutionary work, with its arresting realism and dramatic chiaroscuro, and the far-reaching influence it had on European art."—The Lady