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The Last Caravaggio Exhibition

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Explore "The Last Caravaggio" at The National Gallery for free! Get your ticket and visit before 21 July 2024.

Event Info

Date & Time

July 05 - July 21

Open daily 10am–6pm and Friday until 9pm (Closed 24–26 December and 1 January)


The National Gallery, Trafalgar Square, London, UK

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© Archivio Patrimonio Artistico Intesa Sanpaolo / foto Luciano Pedicini, Napoli © The National Gallery, London

In May 1610, the famous artist Caravaggio was in Naples, working on his last painting.

Just two months later, he died mysteriously. Despite his turbulent final years, Caravaggio created some of his most amazing works during this time.

Caravaggio's style is unique, with close-up scenes and dramatic lighting. He used real models, capturing raw details like dirty feet and grimy nails.

The centrepiece of this exhibition is 'The Martyrdom of Saint Ursula' (1610, Gallerie d’Italia, Naples), shown in London for the first time in 20 years. This painting brings viewers uncomfortably close to violent action, depicting a mix of guilty and innocent hands, with Caravaggio's own self-portrait looking on helplessly.

You'll also see the letter describing the creation of this painting (Archivio di Stato, Naples) and the National Gallery's own late Caravaggio piece, 'Salome with the Head of John the Baptist' (1609–10).

Don't miss this rare chance to experience the dramatic final years of Caravaggio's life and art.

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