Published: February 14, 2006
To mark the 400th anniversary of Rembrandt’s birth, the Van Gogh Museum is presenting an exhibition by the Rijksmuseum and the Van Gogh Museum featuring a remarkable confrontation between the two geniuses of Baroque art – Rembrandt van Rijn and his Italian counterpart, Caravaggio. “Rembrandt-Caravaggio” shows exclusively in Amsterdam from February 24 to June 18.
More than 25 monumental paintings from various international museums provide a visual spectacle with powerful images of love, emotion and passion.
Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio (1571-1610) died four years after Rembrandt van Rijn (1606-1669) was born. Although they never met, there are many parallels between the two masters and their work. Both were revolutionary innovators in the art of southern and northern Europe, respectively. And while they stemmed from different traditions of painting, each developed an individual, dramatic visual idiom.
Caravaggio’s work, which has not been shown in theNetherlands since 1952, is represented in this exhibition by majoritems from international museums. Masterpieces such as “The Supperat Emmaus” from London, “Amor Vincit Omnia” from Berlin and the”Sacrifice of Isaac” from Florence are in Amsterdam for the show.
Famous paintings by Rembrandt from various museums abroad are also featured, including the “Blinding of Samson” from Frankfurt and “Belshazzar’s Feast” from London. Most of the paintings will be displayed in pairs of works by the two artists. The interior design is by Jean-Michel Wilmotte (Paris), exhibition architect of the New Rijksmuseum.
During “Rembrandt-Caravaggio,” the Rijksmuseum and the Van Gogh Museum offer a combination ticket for the exhibition, as well as both museums.
A combination ticket costs 25 euros and can be purchased via www.rembrandt-caravaggio.nl. Tickets for “Rembrandt-Caravaggio” (including the Van Gogh Museum permanent collection) cost 20 euros.
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