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Beyond Caravaggio

National Gallery, 12th October to 15th January 2017

When Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio reached Rome in the 1590s, his emotionally charged, dramatically lit paintings caused a sensation. One painter later wrote: “The painters then in Rome were so taken by the novelty, and the younger ones especially flocked to him and praised him alone as the only true imitator of nature, looking upon his works as miracles, they vied with each other in following him.” Patrons queued up to commission masterpieces, such as the National Gallery’s The Supper at Emmaus (1601) and the recently rediscovered The Taking of Christ (1602). Beyond Caravaggio explores the artist’s decisive impact through such followers as Giovanni Baglione, Orazio and Artemisia Gentileschi, Jusepe de Ribera and Gerrit van Honthorst. Each took aspects of his style— painting from life, use of chiaroscuro, powerful storytelling—to develop their own approaches. This exhibition demonstrates his lasting legacy.

Surreal dream: James Ensor’s The Intrigue (1980)

Intrigue: James Ensor

by Luc Tuymans

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In Prospect’s October issue: Nobel-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz tells our new Editor Tom Clark why globalisation has made him more radical. Rachel Holmes asks whether more women leaders really help women. Five hundred years on, what does Thomas More’s “Utopia” tells us about political idealism. And Tristram Hunt on why Labour needs another Clement Attlee. Also in this issue: David Runciman on why more members isn’t always a good thing for a political party. Will Self on why we’re all turning into robots. Your handy graphic guide to Brexit. Plus: David Willetts on what Theresa May’s industrial strategy should look like. And Kenneth S Rogoff argues we should abolish cash.