Jacquemart Andre Museumdedicated exhibition Roman period in the works of Caravaggio, which lasted from 1592 to 1606. For this purpose, nine masterpieces of the artist are collected in Paris, including the famous “Young Man with a Lute” from the State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg. They are complemented by works by his contemporaries, such as Annibale Carracci, Orazio Gentileschi, Jose de Ribera, Giovanni Baloni and Giuseppe Cesari. They highlight the innovative genius of Caravaggio and the artistic rise in the Eternal City at that time.
As recent studies have shown, Caravaggio maintained a close relationship with his contemporaries, intellectuals in Rome. Having reviewed the friends and supporters of the artist, the curators shift the focus on his enemies and rivals, who were also part of the art scene of that time. Caravaggio did not want others to imitate his style, but this happened - and resulted in disputes, lawsuits and even fights.
Career Caravaggio in Rome ended in 1606, when he killed in a brawl Ranuccio Tomassoni. Sentenced to death after this fatal fight, the artist fled the city, but his most loyal patrons continued to be interested in his work.