Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio earned great notoriety for his revolutionary style and for his unconventional process of painting directly from live models. The special loan of Orazio Gentileschi's The Lute Player from the National Gallery of Art in Washington DC enables us to show how four other painters in early 17th-century Rome assimilated his style in their own distinct ways. The Lute Player joins three other Caravaggesque paintings from the Art Institute's collection by Giovanni Baglione, Bartolomeo Manfredi, and Cecco del Caravaggio.
Gentileschi was not only a close associate of Caravaggio's, he was also one of the leading Caravaggisti in the second decade of the 17th century. In fact, due to the overt stylistic similarities between Gentileschi's The Lute Player and Caravaggio's own interpretation of the scene, many critics in the 18th and 19th centuries mistakenly attributed this work to Caravaggio. However, more recent scholarship secures the painting within the corpus of Gentileschi's work and underlines how he mixed key aspects of Caravaggio's style with his own signature elements.
Orazio Gentileschi. The Lute Player, 1612/1620. National Gallery of Art, Washington DC, Ailsa Mellon Bruce Fund, 1962.8.1.
10 hours 42 min ago The Art Institute of Chicago “Life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.”
1 day 5 hours ago The Art Institute of Chicago OCTOBER 28–29: Join us for a live performance with artist Kemang Wa Lehulere, marking the opening of his first American museum exhibition, In All My Wildest Dreams.
Six performances to choose from; free with museum admission.