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Settling Scores with Caravaggio

Date: Sunday, February 15, 2009
Time: 3:00 p.m
Location: Getty Center, Harold M. Williams Auditorium
Admission: Free; reservations required. Call (310) 440-7300 or use the "Make Reservation" button below.

Four hundred years ago, the Carracci family of painters were celebrities of the European art world, as acclaimed as any artist since Raphael. So why have Annibale, Agostino, and Ludovico Carracci and their circle been eclipsed in the popular imagination by Caravaggio, now widely viewed as the greatest of Baroque painters?

Keith Christiansen, Jayne Wrightsman Curator at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, describes the fiercely fought artistic battle for artistic legacy and influence that pitted the Carracci against fellow Italian artists of the 1600s. He offers a fresh look at the Carracci and their circle—subjects of the current exhibition Captured Emotions: Baroque Painting in Bologna, 1575–1725—and considers how this reappraisal of their achievements changes the way we tell the story of European painting. Christiansen compares works by the Carracci and their circle to those by Caravaggio and explores why modern viewers gravitate toward Caravaggio, the first and most audacious realist in European art as well as one of its most celebrated bohemians.

About Keith Christiansen
Keither Christiansen is Jayne Wrightsman Curator at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and a specialist in Italian art from the Renaissance through the 18th century. He is the author or co-author of numerous books including A Caravaggio Rediscovered: The Lute Player, Andrea Mantegna: Padua and Mantua, Orazio and Artemisia Gentileschi, and Giambattista Tiepolo. His latest book is Duccio and the Origins of Western Painting.

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