Caravaggio in Belfast

April 4 2024

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Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

The Ulster Museum in Belfast will be opening a new exhibition next month. The galleries of the museum will be hosting Caravaggio's The Supper at Emmaus and The Taking of Christ, on loan from the National Gallery in London and the National Gallery of Ireland in Dublin respectively.

According to the press release:

Anne Stewart, Senior Curator of Art at National Museums NI, expressed the significance of the upcoming occasion and said:

“The connection between the two Caravaggio paintings is remarkable. Both were painted for the same patron, Ciriaco Mattei, and originally displayed in the same family palace in Rome. Reuniting Caravaggio’s The Supper at Emmaus and The Taking of Christ is a highly ambitious and unusual event. Both paintings very rarely travel and they have hardly ever been seen together since the first quarter of the 17th century.

“We are truly honoured and grateful to the National Gallery, the National Gallery of Ireland and the Jesuit Community in Dublin, for allowing us the opportunity to bring together two rare artworks and provide our audiences and the public with a rare chance to access these masterpieces.”

Visitors will be able to see the exhibition between 10th May 2024 until 1st September 2024.

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