From 16 Mar 2016 to 17 Apr 2016
Caravaggio returns to the Royal Palace of Monza with the exhibition of the masterpiece "The Flagellation of Christ", a large canvas painted by the artist at the end of his stay in Naples between 1607 and 1608 and now in the National Museum of Capodimonte in Naples. Curated by Andrea Dusio and Sylvain Bellenger and organized by the Consorzio Villa reale e Parco together with Il Cittadino, the free exhibition will open on March 16th until April 17th 2016.
According to the words of Giovanni Pietro Bellori, this painting was commissioned to decorate the chapel of the De Franchis family in San Domenico Maggiore in Naples. Like many other works of public commission realized during this time, Caravaggio adopted a more conventional solution and less in contrast with the canons of religious paintings, taking inspiration from the painting by Sebastiano del Piombo on the same subject. The painting is organized around the column to which Christ is bound, with two torturers, one on the side and one behind the column, whose precise and slow gestures project us towards the foreground, where there is the third of the torturers, bent over. The light and robust body of Christ seems to hint at a dancing movement that echoes mannerist paintings and contrasts with the strangled and dried movements of his torturers. It is an unconventional representation of humanity and nature, a new way of painting, freezing on the canvas, with sharp and lacerating contrasts of light and shade, fragments, or rather shreds of moving bodies caught in the moment of highest and shocking tension, not only physical but also psychological and emotional. The bodies come out of the shadows and the physical traits are defined by an almost blinding light underlining with great drama the event that the picture tells.
Along with the work of art the exhibition presents didactic panels and a video that accompanies the visitor, in the discovery of the painter’s life, the places he visited and his time.
Un colpo d’occhio immenso, una tela che è una rappresentazione teatrale imponente e suggestiva, capace di avvolgere l’osservatore con i suoi 2 metri e 86 centimetri per 2 metri e 13 centimetri. Un’opera che è unanimemente considerata uno degli esiti più importanti della produzione napoletana di Caravaggio, assieme alle “Sette opere di misericordia”, realizzata tra il 1607 e l’anno seguente.