Light is the main component in the works of Caravaggio; as a photographer, the artist focuses on some details and makes others withdraw to the bottom to find the best composition; with the light chooses it enhances the elements and places them on different hierarchical levels of importance.

Under the patronage of Cardinal Francesco Maria Del Monte, which places it in a stimulating culturalenvironment, Caravaggio experimented with optics.

His maturation towards a personal style is most evident in the paintings of Contarelli Chapel in San Luigi dei Francesi. With the Martyrdom of Saint Matthew begins Caravaggio’s poetics of light and shadow report which will then develop in later works.

The young artist performs veiled and enamel compositions, with a diffused light; then more and more it closes the cone of the light source and "darkens the dark", that increases the contrast of light and shade; Vincenzo Giustiniani, judges Annibale Carracci better because paints also in shadow areas while the Caravaggio does not perform these areas; Finally, in the later works,darkness corrodes the light and the brush strokes become lumps of dough.

Caravaggio was an innovative man, projected into the future compared with the traditional painters; It has opened new horizons for artistic creativity.

Harking back to the terminology of the term (Phos GRAPHO drawing with light) who better than he can reflect this definition?

He himself is self-portrays with a lantern in his hand on the bottom of the Capture of Christ.


The exhibition will be supported by an international scientific committee of indisputable excellence, chaired by Professor Mina Gregori, who has, more than any other, devoted her life to the study of Caravaggio, continuing for more than half a century the work and the rediscovery of the unrivaled Roberto Longhi.

Scientific Committee 

PROF. Mina Gregori

President of the Fondazione Longhi of Florence. Member of the Lincei Academy, Member of the Ordre national de la Lègion d’honneur, Professor of Art History in the University of Florence.

Ubaldo Sedano

Director of Restoration Department of Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum

Roberta Lapucci

Art historian, Chief of Restoration Department of Studio Arts College International School of Florence.

Susan Grundy

Art investigation consultant specialized in Art and Optics

Keith Sciberras

Professor of Art and Art History of the University of Malta

Honor Committee 

Alessandro Cecchi

Director Of Museo di Casa Buonarroti in Florence. Director of the Department of Painting from the Middle Ages to the early Renaissance of Uffizi Museum.

Zerafa Fr Marius O.P

Fr. Marius J. Zerafa O.P., S.TH.L & Lic., DrSc.Soc., B.A Hons. (Lond), A.Rhist.Soc. (lond)

At 16 joined Dominican Order. Studied at Oxford, Rome, London, Paris and Florence. Joined Malta Museums Dept in 1970 and became Director in 1981. Resigned at age 61, but still lecturing at University and other cultural centers around the world.

Crristina Acidini

Superintendent of Museum and Artistic Heritage State Board for the Florence area. Director of the Opificio delle pietre dure and now President of Accademia delle Arti del Disegno.

Vittorio Sgarbi

Art critic, Art historian, politician, cultural commentator and television personality. Appointed curator of the Italian Pavilion at the 2011 Venice Biennale. Vittorio is a several times member of the Italian Parliament.

Antonio Paolucci

Art historian and curator.

Superintendent of the Polo Museale Florentino and Director of the Vaticans Museums. Supervisor of National Museum of Bargello in Florence. Minister of Cultural Heritage of Italy

Exhibition Board

Gianluca Gaudio


Gaudio Group

Francesco Moretti

Art Advisor

Gaudio Group Partner

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