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Judith Beheading Holofernes, 1599-1600

Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio (Italian, 1571-1610)

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Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio (Italian, 1571-1610). Judith Beheading Holofernes, 1599-1600. Oil on canvas. 145 x 195 cm (57 × 77 in.). Image © Soprintendenza Speciale PSAE e per il Polo Museale della Città di Roma / Galleria Nazionale d'Arte Antica.

Palazzo Barberini, Rome

In observance of the the 400th anniversary of the Italian Baroque master's death, the Scuderie del Quirinale, Rome has organized the major International exhibition Caravaggio. As is common knowledge, Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio (1571-1610) lived hard, died young, took long breaks from painting (due to the first attribute) and didn't have a tremendous output as a result. Over the centuries, however, many more works than he could have physically produced have been attributed to him.

Caravaggio aims--and succeeds--in displaying only paintings authenticated to be of Caravaggio's hand. The 24 select pieces illustrate the full scope of his short, brilliant career, and represent a phenomenal amount of goodwill amongst lending museums around the globe. You won't see the likes of this exhibition again, so please catch the show in Rome if possible.

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