Beyond Caravaggio Review: A Masterpiece Of Surprise

The shadowed eyes of Caravaggio’s Saint John the Baptist (painted 1603–4) won’t leave me alone. They stare at me in the night. Ever since I saw this lifesize, nearly nude painting of a brooding youth in the National Gallery’s powerful and compulsive exhibition about Caravaggio and his followers – the “Caravaggisti” – it has been seeping into my unconscious like a bloodstain.

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