This October and through the holidays, the National Gallery of London is sending an exceptional loan to Chicago: Caravaggio’s The Supper at Emmaus. In return, the Art Institute’s renowned painting The Crucifixion by Francisco de Zurbarán will travel to London, where it will play a key role in the exhibition The Sacred Made Real, Spanish Painting and Sculpture 1600–1700. Caravaggio’s The Supper at Emmaus will temporarily take its place at the Art Institute amid the collection’s “Caravaggesque” paintings.
This is an extremely rare opportunity to view firsthand one of the most highly regarded paintings by one of the most influential Western artists of all time. There are very few paintings by Caravaggio in American museums, and none that can rival this painting in its immediate impact. The Supper at Emmaus, painted in 1601 for a Roman nobleman, comes from the outset of a new, mature phase of the master’s career in which he treated great religious subjects with uncompromising realism, while at the same time employing his trademark contrasts of light and dark to great dramatic effect. In this revelatory image, two of Christ’s disciples have just recognized that the stranger at their table is none other than Christ himself, reappearing to them after his death and Resurrection.
The Supper at Emmaus will serve as the centerpiece for a focus installation in Gallery 211 of the Art Institute’s collection of “Caravaggesque” paintings. Caravaggio’s insistence on heightened realism and the sculptural qualities of his figures, often brightly lit against a dark background, are evident in works such as Bartolomeo Manfredi’s Cupid Chastised and Cecco del Caravaggio’s The Resurrection. A gallery brochure will also lead visitors to other galleries where the diffusion of Caravaggio’s style throughout Europe will be immediately apparent in works such as Rembrandt’s Old Man with a Gold Chain and Rubens’s The Capture of Samson.
Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio.The Supper at Emmaus, 1601. The National Gallery of London, Presented by the Honorable George Vernon, 1839, NG172.
1 day 11 hours ago The Art Institute of Chicago We were happy to have actress/musician @emmyrossum visit and check out our Impressionist collection. She was kind enough to let us share this photo from her visit. Thanks, Emmy! #regram
double double toil & trouble. lovely day at @artinstitutechi. #impressionism
1 day 15 hours ago The Art Institute of Chicago OPENING TOMORROW—Ursula von Rydingsvard: Bronze Bowl with Lace
At nearly 20 feet tall, Bronze Bowl with Lace is a towering form that is as commanding as it is delicate. Perhaps most striking is the intricate lace at the top, whose elaborate pattern is illuminated from within, an effect that is particularly dazzling in so massive a form.
See von Rydingsvard talk in person tomorrow at 2:00—http://bit.ly/1GwfEGy
Image: Ursula von Rydingsvard. Bronze Bowl with Lace, 2015. Private collection, courtesy Galerie Lelong, New York.