Caravage, un coup de fouet

Caravage, un coup de fouet : Caravage, La flagellation, du Christ, 1607., © Museo e Real Bosco di Capodimonte, Naples    Caravage, un coup de fouet : Baccio Bandinelli, La Flagellation du Christ. © Musées d’Orléans    Caravage, un coup de fouet : Ludovico Carracci, La Flagellation © Douai, Musée de la Chartreuse. © Photographe : Image & Son   

The exhibition

On the occasion of the tenth season of the Temps des collections, which offers events and looks at the reserves of the museums of the Rouen metropolis through the prism of "Corps-à-corps," this exhibition is based on one of the masterpieces of the Musée des Beaux-Arts: La Flagellation du Christ à la colonne painted by Caravaggio around 1606-07 and acquired in 1955 under an attribution to Mattia Pretti, for (only!) some 225,000 francs. "A magnificent coup for the Musée de Rouen," rejoices curator Diederik Bakhuÿs. "There is in this painting a kind of tightening of the drama. This way of moving Christ to the outside of the composition is surprising, as is his way of suspending time. The executioners are about to act. It is the moment of acceptance of the sacrifice that is painted," he describes. In order to renew the view of a painting familiar to the museum's regulars, Bakhuÿs confronts it with the other painting by Caravaggio on the same subject, probably painted at the same time, and on loan from the Capodimonte Museum in Naples. "This is a completely different type of painting. The figures are represented in three quarters and the composition is developed in width. He imagines a monumental composition, centered around the figure of Christ."

Extract from the article by Emma Noyant published in the N°104 de la revue Art Absolument. Published February 3, 2023


28/10/2022 - 27/02/2023
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