All of the secrets of Caravaggio revealed by x-radiography
September 29th 2017 - Milano
“Inside Caravaggio” is a unique exhibition which gathers twenty of the painter’s masterpieces together for the first time (28 September to 28 January 2018 at the Palazzo Reale in Milan). In order to mark its 90th anniversary, the Bracco Group helped to realize this cultural event through diagnostic analyses performed on the works, revealing the artist’s creative process.
The exhibition, curated by Rossella Vodret, was organized by the Municipality of Milan’s Cultural Office, the Palazzo Reale in Milan and MondoMostre Skira, in collaboration with MiBACT and the Bracco Foundation. In addition to celebrating one of the greatest painters in history with a selection of artwork from the most prestigious Italian and foreign museums (including the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the National Gallery in London and the Montserrat Museum in Barcelona), the exhibit offers the public a previously undiscovered journey inside Caravaggio’s creative process, placing the respective X-radiograph images beside each canvas thereby allowing the visitor, through a well-executed multimedia support, to explore the artist’s stages of activity and the secrets that unfold from the painting’s origin to the final work.
Infrared reflectograms and X-radiographs, capable of looking beneath the painting’s surface at varying depths, allowed Caravaggio’s working process to be explored – the “pentimenti”, alterations, and adjustments while developing the composition. Following the examinations performed between 2009 and 2012 on Caravaggio’s Roman works by the Higher Institute for Conservation and Restoration and by the Opificio delle Pietre Dure, new significant analyses were carried out, thanks to the Bracco Group, a global leader in Diagnostic Imaging, on the other pieces in the show, including those from foreign countries; a joint project with the University of Milano-Bicocca and the CNR (National Research Council) provides an innovative digital rendering of the studies in order to make them accessible to the greater public.