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Three Masterpieces from the Age of Empires: Caravaggio, Velázquez, and Rubens

The Denial of St. Peter (detail)

Jerrilynn Dodds, Dean, Sarah Lawrence College.

The Baroque period yielded some of the most vital and brilliant artists of all time. Opulent courts, powerful patrons, colliding cultures, strengthening religions, and increasingly complex politics provided the backdrop for painting to become a potent expression of the moment. This series explores a work from the Met’s collection by each of three monumental figures of this remarkable age—Caravaggio, Velázquez, and Rubens. From different corners of Europe, these great masters provide three different interpretations of Baroque art.

October 10 Caravaggio (The Denial of Saint Peter, 1571–1610)
October 24 Velázquez ((The Supper at Emmaus, 1622–23)
November 7 Rubens (Venus and Adonis, mid- or late 1630s)

This series is made possible in part by the Samuel White Patterson Lecture Fund.

Tickets to this series include Museum admission.

Above: Caravaggio (Michelangelo Merisi) (Italian, 1571–1610). The Denial of Saint Peter (detail). Oil on canvas; 37 x 49 3/8 in. (94 x 125.4 cm). The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Gift of Herman and Lila Shickman, and Purchase, Lila Acheson Wallace Gift, 1997 (1997.167) 

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