For the First Time in Italy, George de la Tour, the Meteorite of the Baroque

For the First Time in Italy, George de la Tour, the Meteorite of the Baroque
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In the 1600s, they called him “the artist of the night”, more recently they spoke of him as a talent capable of “breaking the gauge”, interpreting the “serene part of darkness”. In this first peek in 2020, Georges de La Tour finally comes to the Palazzo Reale for his first personal show in Italy, filling a centuries-old void. It is a debut in high style, sustained by a solid research project, as well as loans from 28 international museums and private collections, including the National Gallery of Washington, the Getty Museum of Los Angeles and the Frick Collection of New York. Inimitable master of light, de La Tour has often been compared with Caravaggio, even though we don’t know if he had the chance to be familiar with the other Master’s works directly. In Milan, we rediscover him in dialogue with other great Masters of his time, witnesses to an epoch in which painting was dominated by truth and Luminist experiments. Balanced between day and night, the sacred and the profane, poetry and the crudest realism, de La Tour speaks to the soul, observing men and things with acute precision. Little is known about his life though he was highly esteemed by his contemporaries, and his feisty and arrogant character remains well-known today. This reputation is compensated for by masterpieces like The Magdalene with Two Flames, The Dicer, The Music Brawl and The Night Player - magnetic paintings which ooze mystery, inviting the spectator to enter.
Francesca Grego - © 2020 ARTE.it for Bulgari Hotel Milano