Caravaggio hosts Caravaggio
Photo by Cesare Maiocchi. Courtesy of Pinacoteca di Brera.


21 Jun 2022 - 25 Sep 2022



Caravaggio hosts Caravaggio

The Pinacoteca di Brera presents “Caravaggio”, the ninth Dialogue that will compare two absolute masterpieces of the Lombard genius such as The Supper at Emmaus from the Pinacoteca di Brera and David with the Head of Goliath from the Galleria Borghese, Rome.

The Ninth Dialogue is the third appointment to host artworks by Caravaggio in the Pinacoteca: an exhibition in 2009 the year of the bicentennial, Caravaggio hosts Caravaggio, curated by Mina Gregori and Amalia Pacia, had for the first time compared the Supper in Emmaus from Brera with the 1602 Supper from the National Gallery in London, and in the catalog there had been important contributions on the two works and their critical vicissitudes. A more recent event, in 2017, Around Caravaggio. A Question of Attribution, curated by Nicola Spinosa and James Bradburne, had made it possible to look at some seventeenth-century copies by Louis Finson on display and to reason about a complex attributional affair.

The unique opportunity to admire and meditate thanks to a close comparison will allow the public to grasp the details, even the gory ones of extreme realism, of the Borghese painting: such as the severed head of the Goliath, a probable self-portrait of the artist, Caravaggio’s peculiar color drafts, the glint of the sword, with the Augustinian motto “H-AS-OS” (“Humilitas occidit superbiam”) initialed in the shell, the small folds of David’s white shirt.