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Bodies and Shadows: Caravaggio and His Legacy

Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA)

Nov 11, 2012 — Feb 10, 2013

Featuring an unprecedented eight paintings of Caravaggio, this major survey is devoted to the legacy of one of the most influential painters in European history. Caravaggio’s striking realism, innovative use of intense light and shadow, and ability to express passion, violence and brutality, which marked his own short life, created a lasting impact on 17th century European art.

Caravaggio’s reputation had reached his contemporaries well beyond Italy and this exhibition also presents the work of the many diverse artists from France, Spain and the Netherlands who explored or adopted Caravaggio’s style. Fifty paintings document his influence on more than 30 painters who drew inspiration from his work.

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