Opening June 21 in Spain is a monumental exhibition exploring the tenebrist master Caravaggio and his influence on northern European artists. How many are on view?
Fifty-three paintings — 12 by Michelangelo Caravaggio — are on view now at the respected Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza in Madrid. “Caravaggio and the Painters of the North” is a fascinating story that highlights the ways in which Caravaggio’s short but remarkable career inspired a generation of artists in the 17th century.
Among the “Caravaggisti” — or followers of Caravaggio — were artists who would borrow heavily from the Italian’s style, including Adam Elsheimer, Peter Paul Rubens, Hendrick ter Brugghen, Claude Vignon, Simon Vouet, and Valentin de Boulogne. Whether Spain, France, Germany, or the Netherlands, there wasn’t a region in the north that Caravaggio didn’t touch.
“Caravaggio and the Painters of the North” opened on June 21 and will be on view through September 18. To learn more, visit the Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza.
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Andrew Webster is the former Editor of Fine Art Today and worked as an editorial and creative marketing assistant for Streamline Publishing. Andrew graduated from The University of North Carolina at Asheville with a B.A. in Art History and Ceramics. He then moved on to the University of Oregon, where he completed an M.A. in Art History. Studying under scholar Kathleen Nicholson, he completed a thesis project that investigated the peculiar practice of embedded self-portraiture within Christian imagery during the 15th and early 16th centuries in Italy.


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