Caravaggio. Boy bitten by the lizard

Caravaggio, Boy bitten by a lizard, 1593, Fondazione Longhi, Florence


From 10 Aprile 2014 to 15 Giugno 2014


Place: GAM - Galleria Civica d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea

Address: via Magenta 31

Times: Tuesday to Sunday 10 am - 6 pm

Ticket price: full € 10, reduced € 8, free till 18

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Caravaggio arrived in Turin with one of his most extraordinary masterpieces. And the GAM reserves a special exhibition dedicated to Ettore Spalletti "Un giorno così bianco, così bianco". From 10 April to 15 June, in fact, the exhibition dedicated to the work of Spalletti will culminate in a room dedicated to the famous Boy bitten by the lizard firmatodal gifted painter of the seventeenth century.
Ideal point of contact between the two artists , the use of the luminous element. The diffuse light and intense shades of white, pink and blue that characterize the work of the master of Cappelle sul Tavo generating an almost rarefied , are distorted by a kind of inversion, a coup de théâtre set in the exhibition hall that houses the boy Caravaggio: a production and harvest subdued lighting that emphasize the power of light out of range - from a window clearly reflected on the jug - that illuminates the frightened face of the young protagonist of the portrait. For Spalletti , therefore , the light as an expression of calm and inner peace as opposed to the vision of Caravaggio, in which it is a means to enhance the power and drama of emotions.