Burst of Light: Caravaggio and His Legacy
March 6 – June 16, 2013
This exhibition is included with general admission.

Burst of Light: Caravaggio and His Legacy explores the enduring legacy of the renowned painter Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio and his tremendous influence on seventeenth-century art. In addition to five* works by Caravaggio, St. Francis of Assisi in Ecstasy, Martha and Mary Magdelen, Salome Receives the Head of St. John the Baptist, The Denial of St. Peter and Saint John the Baptist, the exhibition will show nearly thirty paintings by his followers, known as “Caravaggisti.” These works reveal Caravaggio’s impact in the use of dramatic lighting, emotionally compelling compositions, genre scenes, and religious themes in works by artists such as Gentileschi, Saraceni, Riminaldi, Ribera, Zurbarán and Sweerts.

Burst of Light: Caravaggio and His Legacy at The Wadsworth Atheneum is supported by Bank of America and U.S. Trust with funds from the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency, the Department of Economic and Community Development Office of Tourism, and the David T. Langrock Foundation.

Support for the associated education programming provided, in part, by the Edward C. and Ann T. Roberts Foundation and the Maximilian E. and Marian O. Hoffman Foundation, Inc.

Additional support from the Morris Joseloff Exhibition Fund, Williams Family Fun, William O. and Carole P. Bailey Exhibition Fun, Howard Fromson Exhibition Fun, and Howard & Bush Publication Fund.

With support from FRAME, the national tour was made possible in part by Sotheby’s, the Annenberg Foundation/GRoW Annenberg, the Robert Lehman Foundation, and the Samuel H. Kress Foundation, and is supported by an indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities.

*The Caravaggio on loan from the Metropolitan Museum of Art will only be here for the first half of the show.

Exhibition Programs
Programs are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted. Tickets required for some events.

Member First Look – March 6, 8-11am
Spend some quality time with our new exhibition Burst of Light: Caravaggio and His Legacy before it opens to the public. Docents will be on hand to answer questions and provide insight on the works on view and an optional prix-fixe brunch will be available in the Café. Reservations required for brunch only, call (860) 838-4171.

First Thursday: Light My Fire! – March 7, 5-8pm
Take a tour of Burst of Light: Caravaggio and His Legacy, enjoy heavenly harp music and a capella opera, watch Sea Tea Improv put a comic spin on Caravaggio, place your head in a cut out of a Caravaggio painting by Vendetti Imaging, taste Italian food and wine, and enjoy an Italian film. Art activity: sketch live models in poses inspired by Caravaggio paintings. Tickets required, see event listing for more information.

Second Saturdays for Families: Dragons, Gremlins & Magical Creatures – March 9, 10am-1pm
Visit us before or after the Hartford St. Patrick’s Day parade to find magical and mischievous creatures in art. Make a headdress or elf ears to wear to the parade and listen to fairy tales in the galleries! Free admission.

Evening for Educators – March 13, 4-7pm
Join our curatorial and education staff for presentations and docent-led tours of Burst of Light: Caravaggio and His Legacy. Discover innovative ways to integrate this exhibition into your classroom curriculum by participating in a series of gallery workshops, including art-making activities with fully articulated lesson plans to take home. Registration required.

Gallery Talk: A Walk Through the World of Caravaggio and his Contemporaries – March 14, 12-1pm
Explore innovative works by the Italian Baroque master Caravaggio and his powerful influence on a range of artists who visited Rome from other Italian cities, as well as from Holland, France, and Spain. Dr. Eric Zafran, Exhibition Curator, will highlight some of the imaginative religious and secular themes that Caravaggio popularized.

Lecture: Caravaggio: A Life Sacred and Profane – March 21, 6-8pm
Andrew Graham-Dixon, author of  “Caravaggio: A Life Sacred and Profane” will discuss the mysteries surrounding the life and legacy of Michelango Merisi da Caravaggio.  Complimentary hors d’oeuvres will be offered at intermission. Cash bar.  Evening concludes with a book signing. $20/$10 Members. Call for reservations and more information – (860) 838-4100.

Talk & Film: Caravaggio – March 27, 7-8:30pm
Caravaggio: Ronald Gregg, Senior Lecturer and Programming Director of Film Studies at Yale University, will introduce Derek Jarman’s fictionalized retelling of the life of Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio. 1986. U.K. 93 min. Not Rated.

Collection Focus Talk – March 28, 12:00pm
Join a docent at 12 pm for a 20-minute exploration of one work of art in the exhibition.
Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio, Saint Francis of Assisi in Ecstasy, c. 1595-96

Gallery Talk: Pairings – April 5, 12-1pm
Bette Talvacchia, Independent Scholar and Board of Trustees Distinguished Professor of Art History, Emerita, University of Connecticut, will discuss how studying pairs of paintings stimulates a sharper focus on individual works of art and provides unexpected findings through comparison.

Sunday Serenades: Baroque and Beyond – April 7, 2pm 
Experience the Baroque era and its later impact in music through the twentieth century in works by Valenti, Respighi, Stravinsky, and Dallapiccola. Presented in collaboration with the Hartford Symphony Orchestra and featuring Concertmaster Leonid Sigal. $30/$25 Members and HSO Subscribers. For tickets call (860) 244-2999.

College Night Out: Nightlight – April 11, 5-8pm
Experience a private night at the museum during this after-hours event for our local academic community. Mingle with one another as you explore Burst of Light: Caravaggio and His Legacy through docent-guided tours, live music, art-making activities, complimentary food, and a playful round of seventeenth-century style Twister. Nonalcoholic beverages, including “mocktails” will be available for purchase.

Second Saturdays for Families: Mysterious Stories – April 13, 10am-1pm
Art can inspire mysterious stories! Enter the world of MATRIX 166 artist Deb Sokolow’s work and create a story based on art. Watch a magic show and listen to live music by André Balazs and Dennis Fancher. Free admission.

Docent Memorial Lecture: Caravaggio and the Caravaggesque Movement – April 23, 5-7pm
Keith Christiansen, John Pope-Hennessy Chairman of European Paintings, Metropolitan Museum of Art, will discuss the revolution that Caravaggio led in painting by rethinking the nature of art and its communicative power, as well as the limitations Caravaggio faced that future generations attempted to break through. Exhibition viewing and reception with wine for purchase 5–6 pm.

Collection Focus Talk – April 18, 12pm
Join a docent at 12 pm for a 20-minute exploration of one work of art in the exhibition.
Orazio Gentileschi, Judith and Her Maidservant with the Head of Holofernes, 1621-24

Gallery Talk: Connoisseurship and Controversy – April 26, 12-1pm
Ulrich Birkmaier, Chief Conservator, Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, will discuss some of the technical aspects that are crucial to solving puzzles of authorship and attribution, including the controversial theory that suggests Caravaggio’s use of optical aids, such as curved mirrors or a primitive camera obscura.

Second Saturdays for Families: Light and Shadow – May 11, 10am-1pm
Watch a painting come to life in a tableau-vivant, listen to Italian music, take a family tour, and make a work of art using high contrast chiaroscuro! Free admission.

Collection Focus Talk – May 11, 12pm
Join a docent at 12 pm for a 20-minute exploration of one work of art in the exhibition.
Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio, Saint Francis of Assisi in Ecstasy, c. 1595-96

Collection Focus Talk – May 16, 12pm
Join a docent at 12 pm for a 20-minute exploration of one work of art in the exhibition.
Orazio Riminaldi, Daedalus and Icarus, c. 1625

Gallery Talk: Caravaggism and the Shock of the New – May 17, 12-1pm
Charlene Shang Miller, Docent and Tour Programs Manager, Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, will discuss how Caravaggio distinctly conveyed emotion and narrative in powerful ways and the manner in which his dramatic visual language indelibly influenced his generation and the next.

Collection Focus Talk – June 13, 12pm
Join a docent at 12 pm for a 20-minute exploration of one work of art in the exhibition.
Francisco de Zurbarán, Saint Serapion, 1628

Lecture and Concert: Venit lumen: Music in the Age of Caravaggio – June 16, 3-6pm
Eric Rice, Artistic Director, Connecticut Early Music Festival/ Associate Professor of Music, University of Connecticut, will deliver a pre-concert lecture at 3pm on the ways the Caravaggisti and musicians of the Baroque era shaped their works using drama and contrast.  Lecture is free and open to the public.

The Connecticut Early Music Ensemble will perform music of the Baroque era in the museum’s Morgan Great Hall at 5pm, featuring sacred and secular music of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries by Gesualdo, Marenzio, Monteverdi, and others. $30/$25 Members: (860) 439-2787 (Tickets required for concert only).

 

 

 

 

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