Rome around 1600 was a hotbed of creativity, with artists competing for prestigious commissions. The revolutionary style of Caravaggio’s striking naturalism emerged from this epicenter of artistic activity and forever changed the course of art. Join Dr. Eve Straussman-Pflanzer, Head of the European Art Department and Elizabeth and Allan Shelden Curator of European Paintings at the Detroit Institute of Arts, for a talk about the Detroit Institute of Art’s masterpiece by Caravaggio, Martha and Mary Magdalene, c. 1598, on loan to the DMA.
Dr. Straussman-Pflanzer served as Assistant Director of Curatorial Affairs/Senior Curator of Collections at the Davis Museum at Wellesley College, where she oversaw the reinstallation of the permanent collection and curated the first monographic exhibition in the United States devoted to Carlo Dolci. Dr. Straussman-Pflanzer previously held positions at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Art Institute of Chicago, where she researched and published on European painting and sculpture from the Renaissance to the 18th century. In Chicago, she curated the exhibition Violence and Virtue: Artemisia Gentileschi’s Judith Slaying Holofernes. An authority on southern European art in the early modern period, she has particular expertise on the subject of early modern women artists and patrons.
Image: Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio, Martha and Mary Magdalene, c. 1598, oil and tempera on canvas, Detroit Institute of Arts, Gift of the Kresge Foundation and Mrs. Edsel B. Ford
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