Boy with a Basket of Fruit (detail), about 1593–94. Caravaggio (Italian, 1571–1610). Oil on canvas, 70 x 67 cm. Ministerio dei Beni e delle Attività Culturali e del Turismo-Galleria Borghese

Caravaggio: Masterpieces from the Galleria Borghese


East Pavilion, Upper Level

Michelangelo Merisi, better known as Caravaggio (Italian, 1571–1610), is unquestionably one of the greatest painters of all time. His bold, naturalistic style, which emphasized the common humanity of the protagonists in his works, was both highly admired and controversial among his contemporaries. The Galleria Borghese in Rome is home to the most extraordinary group of Caravaggio’s paintings, spanning his career. This exhibition offers a rare opportunity to experience three masterpieces from this renowned collection. The paintings presented provide insight into three crucial stages in Caravaggio's short but intense career.

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