Neapolitan Painting and the Caravaggesque

  • London

    Neapolitan Painting and the Caravaggesque

    6 December 2021 - 28 January 2022

Powerful expressiveness, merciless naturalism and dramatic chiaroscuro define the art of Baroque Naples. Caravaggio’s brief stays in the port city in the first decade of the seventeenth century ignited a revolution in Neapolitan painting. As successive generations of Spanish Habsburg and Bourbon rulers, formidable clergymen and a thriving local aristocracy and merchant class competed for prestige in Italy’s then-largest city, their lavish patronage stimulated the creativity of both local artists and visiting foreign masters to extraordinary heights of achievement.


Master of the Annunciation to the Shepherds
Active in Naples c. 1620–40
Allegory of Smell, c. 1630–35
Oil on canvas
100 x 73 cm (39 3/8 x 28 3/4 in.)
With frame: 126 x 99cm (49 1/2 x 39 in.)