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August 21, 2017
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Shedding light on Caravaggio

One of the summer's blockbuster shows will celebrate the 400th anniversary of the death of Caravaggio. His name may not mean much to you, but odds are you're familiar with his work: his often-reproduced Bacchus graces the cover of Italian restaurant menus around the world.

The highly prolific 17th-century painter was a master of chiaroscuro, a style of painting with strong contrasts between light and dark, which influenced the work of Rubens and Rembrandt.

Some of his finest works, on loan from leading museums around Europe, are in Rome until June 13 at the Scuderie del Quirinale Museum (english.scuderiequirinale.it). In Florence, the Uffizi Gallery will host Caravaggio and Caravaggesques in Florence, from May 22 to October 17.

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