Caravaggio's Deposition from the Vatican Museums

Caravaggio (Michelangelo Merisi), The Deposition, 1603-04, oil on canvas, 306×214 cm, Pinacoteca Vaticana

Exhibition Outline

Realism that captures every wrinkle, dramatic chiaroscuro, and deftly expressed emotions in figure after figure: the art of Caravaggio (1571–1610) never ceases to fascinate.
To enhance the visitor experience and permit a deeper understanding of the painting, the venue will feature a large-screen video presentation and explanatory panels, while displays of various prints and other contemporary items will fill in the historical background.
The Deposition was born out of the Catholic Reformation, a major historical movement of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. Change and renewal in the Church stimulated innovative forms of artistic expression, a prime example being the art of Caravaggio, leading to the Baroque style that came to maturity in succeeding decades.
The period of the painting’s creation was also one of vigorous Christian missionary outreach throughout the world including to Japan. Taking up this theme, and by virtue of a generous loan from the Vatican Apostolic Library, the exhibition will also present several original letters that early Japanese Catholic converts wrote to the pope of the day.
Hence the Caravaggio masterpiece will be examined afresh from broad perspectives both religious and historical.

Date *Exhibition Cancelled
March 24 (Wed.) – May 10 (Mon.), 2021

Closed on Tuesdays
*Open on May 4 (Tue.)
Due to the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), sadly it has not been possible to prepare this exhibition as originally planned. Therefore, the exhibition will no longer be held from October 21 (Wed) to November 30 (Mon), 2020.

Due to the continued spread of the coronavirus disease, it will not be possible to bring artworks from the Vatican to Japan, and therefore this exhibition has been cancelled.
Opening Hours 10:00-18:00
*No extended hours until further notice
(Last admission 30 minutes before closing)
Venue The National Art Center, Tokyo,
Special Exhibition Gallery 2E
7-22-2 Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo 106-8558
Organized by The National Art Center, Tokyo; The Vatican Museums; Vatican Library; The Asahi Shimbun; TBS GLOWDIA
With the support of Pontifical Council for Culture; Catholic Bishop’s Conference of Japan; Italian Embassy; Italian Cultural Center; BS-TBS
With the sponsorship of NTT DATA; Toppan Printing; Mizuho Bank; KADOKAWA
With the special cooperation of The National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo

Supported by the Agency for Cultural Affairs Government of Japan through the Japan Arts Council, Fiscal Year 2020

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