Exposition : « Caravaggio and Bernini », Vienne – Kunsthistorisches Museum, du 15 octobre 2019 au 19 janvier 2020
The baroque spectacle full of drama and passion
In fall 2019, a line-up of singular masterpieces is coming together in Vienna: paintings by Caravaggio, sculptures by Bernini, and other main works of early Roman Baroque will be shown at the Kunsthistorisches Museum. The Special Exhibition entitled Caravaggio & Bernini shows how stirring emotions all of a sudden came to be a subject matter for painting and sculpture. The show combines spectacular loans from all over the world with masterpieces from the holdings of the Kunsthistorisches Museum, which alone possesses three major paintings by Caravaggio.
Rome. City of new ideas
The Special Exhibition Caravaggio & Bernini gives a vivid impression of Rome as a center of the arts between 1600 and 1650. It was a city that attracted many talented artists, male and female. Starting with Caravaggio (1571–1610) and continued by Bernini (1598–1680), it was a place where new ideas developed that went on to reverberate throughout Europe.
The discovery of feelings
Fear, horror, surprise, and passion: the representation of human feelings was a novelty in art. The Special Exhibition Caravaggio & Bernini sets out to explore these emotions in terms of some 70 international loans and works from the museum’s own holdings.
Caravaggio, Bernini & Co.
Caravaggio and Bernini show a lifelike picture of the human. The movements of the body are informed by the figures’ inner stirrings, their feelings. This conjunction of outer realism and inner sensation was something new. It became the defining characteristic of the Baroque. It is also the reason why the exhibition places painting and sculpture in dialogue with one another. It shows how Caravaggio and Bernini were understood by their contemporaries. The exhibition thus also affords an encounter with the art scene of the Rome of the period.