Dallas Museum of Art presents Caravaggio: Martha and Mary Magdalene
Visitors to the Dallas Museum of Art will have the rare opportunity to see an extraordinary work by the Old Master painter Caravaggio. Martha and Mary Magdalene (c. 1598), on loan to the DMA from the Detroit Institute of Arts, is a masterpiece from Caravaggio’s early career in Rome. The painting depicts Mary Magdalene, considered by the Catholic Church at the time to be a prostitute, experiencing a spiritual awakening as her sister Martha counts on her fingers the reasons she should convert. Caravaggio conveys the moment of Mary’s conversion - a challenging subject - through his treatment of light, which casts a divine glow on the reformed sinner.
One of the most influential figures in the history of European art, Caravaggio is renowned as one of the greatest Baroque painters of the 17th century along with Rubens, Velázquez, Rembrandt, and Poussin. Fewer than 10 paintings by Caravaggio are housed in the U.S., on view in the collections of only six museums.
Visitors can learn more about the life, career, and importance of Caravaggio in a series of public programs from July through September; go to the DMA's website for a full schedule of events.