“Visiting Masterpieces: Caravaggio and Connoisseurship” at the MFA Boston through June 25, 2014

Caravaggio, The Fortune Teller (about 1594–95), oil on canvas. Musei Capitolini Pinocateca, Rome

Caravaggio, The Fortune Teller (about 1594–95), oil on canvas. Musei Capitolini Pinocateca, Rome

If you are a Caravaggio fan and you can’t make it to Italy, and you are in the Boston area, you can enjoy a rare opportunity to see four paintings by, or attributed to, Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio until June 25, 2014 at the Museum of Fine Arts:

Take sides in an intense debate among leading authorities on Italian art and learn the possible answers to the question: What makes a Caravaggio? “Visiting Masterpieces: Caravaggio and Connoisseurship” introduces visitors to the art of judging whether a Caravaggio is, in fact, a Caravaggio. Four works never before seen in Boston provide an inside look at the complexities of connoisseurship and attribution. Caravaggio’s Fortune Teller (about 1594–95) and Fra Antonio Martelli, Knight Grand Cross of the Order of Malta (about 1608), once doubted by experts, are now considered benchmark works by this artist. Two more paintings—Maffeo Barberini (about 1596) and Saint Francis in Meditation (about 1595)—are at the center of ongoing debates. Organized by the Muscarelle Museum of Art, the exhibition allows visitors to employ the analytical thinking of experts and decide for themselves: which could be true Caravaggios? Visitors are encouraged to tweet their opinions using the hashtag #TrueCaravaggio and follow @mfaboston for conversation about the paintings.


Visiting Masterpieces

Caravaggio and Connoisseurship


Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Avenue of the Arts
465 Huntington Avenue
Boston, Massachusetts 02115
General Information: 617-267-9300

See the MFA website for hours and admission information

About SACI

SACI is a US non-profit College of Art and Design in Florence, Italy, for undergraduate and graduate students seeking accredited instruction in studio art, design, conservation, art history, and Italian language and culture. Founded in 1975, SACI offers the following programs: Academic Semester/Year Abroad, Summer Studies, Venice Summer Program, Post-Bac in Conservation, MFA in Studio Art, MA in Art History.

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