This exhibition explores the beginnings of European baroque in Rome, with starring roles for the painter Caravaggio (1571-1610) and the sculptor Bernini (1598-1680). We travel back in time to the Rome of around 1600, when the eternal city was shaken from its slumbers by brilliant and ambitious artists. Aesthetic beauty had long been the norm, but now a new artistic language emerged whose ultimate aim was to evoke emotion. This was an art of surprising role reversals, of drama, dynamism and bravura, but also an art of classical restraint and natural fervour. The effects of this Roman revolution in Western art reverberated throughout Europe.
Never before have so many masterpieces by Caravaggio, Bernini and their contemporaries been exhibited in the Netherlands: Caravaggio-Bernini includes no fewer than 60 artworks from international collections. The exhibition has come about in association with the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna.
Caravaggio-Bernini. Baroque in Rome has been made possible in part by Ammodo and ING