Many artists have been influenced over the years by Italian painter Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio. His dramatic use of lighting is what put his mark on the world of art and ten artists from Cyprus, Greece and Italy will show how this, and his other artistic characteristics, inspired them to create works of their own during the exhibition Ten Artists in the Light of Caravaggio, running as of Friday in Larnaca.
These ten contemporary artists’ work has been inspired by his art either intentionally or on unconscious levels, or their work shares the approach and techniques of the Italian artist. This show at the Larnaca Municipal Art Gallery does not aim for viewers to take a trip back in time to view Caravaggio’s art, nor to reminisce on history, but rather to shed light on how the contemporary artist views Caravaggio today.
Caravaggio (1571-1610) was, and still is, an important Baroque artist with a strong impact on artists of his generation as well as his contemporaries. Among other things, the dramatic atmosphere and theatricality, the dialectic of light and shadow, his strong realism, the expansion of the action and movement of his images in the viewer’s space and the use of lenses and mirror to display his models on the canvas, are elements that have been assimilated by contemporary artists such as Joseph Beuys, Jannis Kounellis, Andres Serrano and Frank Stella.
The ten artists taking part in the exhibition are Klitsa Antoniou (Cyprus), Pantelis Chandris (Greece), Marianna Constanti (Cyprus), Paolo Incarnato (Italy), Evdokia Kyrkou (Cyprus), Maria Lianou (Cyprus), Eleni Lyra (Greece), Fotini Poulia (Greece), Andrea Rosset (Italy) and Andreas Savva (Cyprus).
Ten Artists in the Light of Caravaggio
Group exhibition. June 15 until August 29. Larnaca Municipal Art Gallery. Monday-Friday: 9am-1pm and 3pm-6pm and Saturday: 10am-1pm. Tel: 24-658848