12.11.2010 to 01.05.2011
Two paintings by Caravaggio can be found in German collections: the Gemäldegalerie's 'Amor Vincit Omnia' (or 'Amor Victorious') and 'Doubting Thomas' in the Picture Gallery at Schloss Sanssouci. Both paintings were created for the marchese Vincenzo Giustiniani and were brought to Berlin when the Giustiniani collection was acquired in 1815.
The 400th anniversary of Caravaggio's death is good cause to place these two works on show together. Thanks to the loan of 'Doubting Thomas' by the Prussian Palaces and Gardens Foundation Berlin-Brandenburg, both paintings can now be admired in the Gemäldegalerie. The presentation of these two pictures is enhanced by further loans, including Caravaggio's depiction of Saint John the Baptist as a boy from the Musei Capitolini's Pinacoteca in Rome. As well as works by Caravaggio himself, this special show is enriched by works in which the phenomenal power of Caravaggio's revolutionary art becomes clearly visible in other painters: in works by the Utrecht Caravaggisti, paintings by Caravaggio's Italian contemporaries, works by Peter Paul Rubens and, finally, by Rembrandt.