Appel à communication : “The Caravaggio Question”

Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio dit Le Caravage, Judith et Holopherne, 1599, huile sur toile, 145 x 195 cm, Rome, Palazzo Barberini, Galleria nazionale di arte antica.

Type : appel à communication.
Date limite de l’appel : 29 septembre 2021.
Date de l’événement : 10-31 janvier 2022.
Lieu : Zurich/Rome/Lugano/online.


This « Diffused Conference » is highly innovative in its title, in the way it is organised and in the audience to which it is addressed. In order to take advantage of a wide participation not only of specialists but also of students and « art amateurs », it will occupy the entire month of January 2022 (on Mondays 10, 17, 24, 31), with a number of speakers ranging from 5 to 7 for each day and half an hour available.

The first day of the conference, Caravaggio and the Faith, will be based on the assumption of Merisi’s Catholicism, albeit from different angles and obviously with interest for different positions. The second day will instead analyse style, technique, originals, autograph and non-autograph replicas and the influence that Caravaggio had on the entire European artistic culture of the early 17th century. The third day will look at the problem of the Roman environment in primis (but also Neapolitan and Sicilian), the patrons, the documents and contemporary criticism. The fourth day, in homage to Lugano and Switzerland, will be entirely dedicated to architects, painters and sculptors from Ticino, Comacina and Lombardy at the time of Caravaggio.

The month of January 2022 will be divided into 4 sections or days:

1) Caravaggio and Faith
2) Caravaggio and Europe (the style, the originals and copies, the followers inside and outside Italy
3) Caravaggio and the « Gran Teatro del Mondo » (The environment, the patrons, the sources 4) Masters and artists from Como and Ticino at the time of Caravaggio.

Invitations and requests for credits should be sent out by June and replies should arrive by 29 September, when we will organise a hybrid day, online and in presence in Lugano, entirely dedicated to Caravaggio and will officially present the January conference.

We accept abstracts of 200 words from Caravaggio experts by 29 September at the latest, to the email address

Sergio Rossi

Rodolfo Papa (Academy of Arts, Rome) Carla Rossi (Receptio Foundation, Lugano)

M. Fagiolo dell’Arco, E, Rötggen, S. Danesi Squarzina.

M. Bussagli, G. Fidanza, S. Macioce, S. Rossi, C. Strinati, J. Sureda, B. Treffers, A. Zuccari.

Publié par

Maxime Georges Métraux

Doctorant en Histoire de l'art moderne (Université Paris IV –Sorbonne, Centre André Chastel – UMR 8150). Expert pour la galerie Hubert Duchemin et chargé d’enseignement à l'Université Paris-Est Marne-la-Vallée. Commissaire scientifique de l’exposition "Chic Emprise : Cultures, usages et sociabilités du tabac du XVIe au XVIIIe siècle" (22 juin - 23 septembre 2019) au musée du Nouveau Monde de La Rochelle.

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