The Galleria degli Uffizi opens the Florence 2015 â€œArt for a Yearâ€ exhibition season with the first monographic exhibition ever devoted to Gerrit van Honthorst, a Caravaggesque painter from Holland better known to the Italian public by the nickname of Gherardo delle Notti on account of his propensity for painting nocturnal scenes whose atmospheric rendering of light was generated by the intense glow of candles and the contrasting shadows they cast.
The painterâ€™s time in Italy proved to be the finest and stylistically most innovative period of his entire career. He subscribed almost immediately to Caravaggioâ€™s revolution, and his earliest work reveals all the raw strength of a young northern artist dazzled by Caravaggioâ€™s naturalism. Florence is an extremely appropriate venue for hosting an exhibition on the Italian career of Gherardo delle Notti, a painter now recognised as being of the utmost international importance and interest, yet to whom no monographic exhibition has ever yet been devoted either in Italy or elsewhere. To mark this unique occasion, loans have been granted by such prestigious international museums as the National Gallery in London, the Staatliche Museen in Berlin, the Hermitage in St. Petersburg, the Alte Pinakothek in Munich, the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford, the Cleveland Museum of Art, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the Minneapolis Institute of Arts.
Galleria degli Uffizi
February 10 - May 245 2017