Caravaggio fans flock to Fort Worth

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Christine Hardey
Contributing Writer

Oh, you’re in for a real treat.

If you’ve been to Rome before, you’ve learned about Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio – in my opinion, the best Michelangelo (and yes, I do mean better than Michelangelo Buonarroti of Florence).

This man – this wonderful, gifted man – used the dramatic technique of chiaroscuro: He plays with light and dark in order to draw attention to specific features of the painting.  One could even say his paintings are more beautiful because they have that darker factor in them.

Sometimes I really wish I had stayed an art history major.

Caravaggio keeps his subject matter biblical for the most part, my personal favorite being “John the Baptist in the Wilderness” from the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City.  He painted four John the Baptists, and this particular one (along with two others) was part of an exhibit on the Quirinal Hill when my spring 2010 class was in Rome.

You have the chance to see not only Caravaggio’s work, but also some paintings that are considered to be “Caravaggisti” – in other words, these other artists were inspired by him.  The exhibit is called “Caravaggio and His Followers in Rome” and will run until Jan. 8, 2012, at the Kimbell Museum in Fort Worth.  Students with IDs pay $12; for this world-class exhibit, this is quite the bargain.

On Dec. 2, Dallas Year is taking 56 students to Fort Worth for this exhibit as well as a night out, when students can eat at Simply Fondue in Sundance Square and explore what the city has to offer.  The cost for this Dallas Year event is $10, and sign-ups began Monday, Nov. 21. If there are tickets left and you have yet to purchase one, get your hands on one!

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