Tag Archives: Caravaggio


Federico Barocci at the National Gallery London until the 19th May

By Richard P. Townsend None other than a saint, Philip Neri himself—founder of the Oratorian order and so-called “Apostle of Rome”— used to sit “rapt in the sweetest ecstasy” in front of Federico Barocci’s altarpiece The Visitation in his order’s mother church, the Chiesa Nuova in Rome. Centuries later, a young art history student wept […]

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Caravaggio and his followers at LACMA until the 10th February

By July 1600, suddenly everyone in Rome knew about a young artist from Milan, even though he’d already been in the Eternal City for about seven years. Up to this point, however, he had only painted for an elite clientele. By September of that year, he was being called “the city’s most famous painter.” Now […]