The First Art Newspaper on the Net Established in 1996 United States Saturday, November 1, 2014


Tormented Italian Master Caravaggio and Francis Bacon Connect in Rome Show
A man looks at a Caravaggio painting during an exhibition at the Galleria Borghese in Rome November 11, 2009. Portraits by Italian master Caravaggio and Irish-born 20th-century painter Francis Bacon stand side-by-side in a new exhibition, connecting their tormented views of humanity despite contrasting approaches to realism. The show at Rome's Galleria Borghese marks 400 years since Caravaggio's death and 100 years since Bacon's birth and at its heart lies their shared fascination with the human form and their predilection for the expressive portrait. Reuters/Max Rossi.

By: Ella Ide

ROME (REUTERS).- Portraits by Italian master Caravaggio and Irish-born 20th-century painter Francis Bacon stand side-by-side in new exhibition connecting their tormented views of humanity despite contrasting approaches to realism.

The show at Rome's Galleria Borghese marks 400 years since Caravaggio's death and 100 years since Bacon's birth and at its heart lies their shared fascination with the human form and their predilection for the expressive portrait.

Both were radical for their times: against the distorted idealism of high mannerism, Caravaggio was driven by obsessive attention to the real, while Bacon was derided for his refusal to relinquish the human figure in favor of abstraction.

"Bacon can be compared to Caravaggio above all in terms of intensity," said art historian Michael Peppiatt, co-curator of the exhibition and Bacon's close friend and biographer.

Both painters have been seen as icons of gay, tormented genius and their tragic natures and lives marked by violence -- Bacon's lover committed suicide and Caravaggio was condemned to death after killing a man -- are echoed in their works.

"They were both conscious of the shortness of life and of the fragility of humanity, and each powerfully conveys this consciousness through his art," said Peppiatt in a statement.

Seventeen works by Bacon are featured alongside 14 paintings by Caravaggio, six of which, including the "Madonna with the Serpent" and the "Sick Bacchus," belong to the Borghese's permanent collection.

Many of the works by Bacon, including "Head VI," the result of his studies of Velazquez's portrait of Pope Innocent X, are on loan from London's Tate Gallery.

The lavish entrance to the Galleria Borghese is devoted to Bacon's triptychs, painted after the suicide of his lover George Dyer, with chilling scenes of distorted, semi-naked male figures whose life oozes from them to form flesh-colored puddles.

The show runs until January 24, 2010 and has already attracted well over 67,000 visitors, with the record numbers forcing the Borghese to extend its open hours and increase the number of tickets available for the daily tours by 30 percent.

(Reporting; Edited by Stephen Brown and Paul Casciato)


Galleria Borghese | Caravaggio | Francis Bacon | Michael Peppiatt |




Today's News

November 13, 2009

Tormented Italian Master Caravaggio and Francis Bacon Connect in Rome Show

Claremont Museum of Art to Remain Open through 2009

Thieves Steal Edvard Munch Artwork from Oslo Art Dealership

Cindy Sherman to Receive The Jewish Museum's Man Ray Award

Ex Real Madrid President Lorenzo Sanz Investigated Over Art Exports

Baltic Appoints New Chairman and Welcomes New Curator

ART 20 and Modernism Art Fairs Become One and Open at Park Avenue Armory

Art Gallery of Alberta Reveals New Logo Designed by Vision Creative Inc.

Dates for Prospect 2, Second New Orleans Art Biennial, Announced

Walters Art Museum and Johns Hopkins Announces Major Collaboration

Sarah McCrory Appointed New Curator for Frieze Art Fair 2010

Artwork for Unreleased Beatles Album to Highlight Fall Auction at Bonhams

Napoleon Mourning Ring Comes 'Home' to the Soane Museum

Photographic Masterworks from MoMA to be Shown at Irish Museum

Royal Scottish Academy Presents 350 Works for 183rd Annual Exhibition

Chipstone Foundation Promotes Green Living at the Milwaukee Art Museum

Langley Academy Designed by Norman Foster Officially Opens

Miami Art Museum to Present Carlos Bunga in First U.S. Solo Show

Austin Museum of Art Kicks Off New Works Project Space with Jade Walker

Portrait of Marilyn Horne Donated to the National Portrait Gallery

Most Popular Last Seven Days



1.- Image of a Christ without a beard, short hair and wearing a toga unearthed in Spain

2.- Giant mosaic unearthed in mysterious tomb in Amphipolis in northern Macedonia

3.- Bonhams sale of 18th century French decorative arts to benefit Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco

4.- Paris flustered by erection of 'sex-toy' sculpture; Paul McCarthy slapped by a passer-by

5.- High art or vile pornography? Marquis de Sade explored in Orsay museum exhibition

6.- 'Cubism: The Leonard A. Lauder Collection' opens at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

7.- Greek culture minister says Elgin Marbles return a matter of 'global heritage'

8.- Vandals deflate Paris 'sex-toy' sculpture by American artist Paul McCarthy after outrage

9.- Exhibition at National Gallery in London explores Rembrandt's final years of painting

10.- 'Hans Memling: A Flemish Renaissance' opens at the Scuderie del Quirinale in Rome



Museums, Exhibits, Artists, Milestones, Digital Art, Architecture, Photography,
Photographers, Special Photos, Special Reports, Featured Stories, Auctions, Art Fairs,
Anecdotes, Art Quiz, Education, Mythology, 3D Images, Last Week, .

 

Founder:
Ignacio Villarreal
Editor & Publisher: Jose Villarreal - Consultant: Ignacio Villarreal Jr.
Art Director: Juan José Sepúlveda Ramírez - Marketing: Carla Gutiérrez
Special Contributor: Liz Gangemi - Special Advisor: Carlos Amador
Contributing Editor: Carolina Farias

Royalville Communications, Inc
produces:

ignaciovillarreal.org theavemaria.org juncodelavega.org facundocabral-elfinal.org
Founder's Site. The most varied versions
of this beautiful prayer.
Hommage
to a Mexican poet.
Hommage
       

The First Art Newspaper on the Net. The Best Versions Of Ave Maria Song Junco de la Vega Site Ignacio Villarreal Site