Dentro Caravaggio at Milan’s Palazzo Reale

29 Sept – 28 Jan. Milan's Palazzo Reale extends hours for Caravaggio show.

An exceptional show with 18 paintings by Milan-born artist Michelangelo Merisi, better known as Caravaggio, are displayed together for the first time. This is the first exhibition of the painter’s work in Milan since the ground-breaking show in the early 1950s which re-established Caravaggio’s reputation and influence on western art after two centuries of obscurity.

The exhibition includes works from the Uffizi, Palazzo Doria Pamphili, the Campidoglio Museums, Palazzo Corsini, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the National Gallery among others.

The show doubles as the occasion to make public some totally new research on the dramatic life of the painter, who languished in Rome until his talent was discovered by Cardinal Del Monte. New manuscripts have been discovered in the state archives of Rome and Siena.

The exhibit will also demonstrate how the widely credited tale that Caravaggio never drew his portraits on canvas before starting to paint is in fact not correct.  New X-ray studies have shown that he indeed carried out several preparatory sketches, some of them strikingly different from the final, painted version.

With over 60,000 visits pre-booked Milan has re-opened the slots for group visits, extended the Royal Palace opening hours on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays until 22.30, and dedicated Monday mornings to student visitors.

Illustration. Sacra famiglia con S. Giovannino Battista held by the Metropolitan Museum of Art for a private collector. The painting is rarely on display and was first shown at the Palazzo Venezia exhibition in Rome in 2001.