Musée Fabre - with a top class Caravaggism exhibition!


At the heart of Montpellier city is the Fabre Museum, which houses a wide and varied selection of paintings and artists of Europe.

It has special exhibitions to attract visitors all year round, but this summer, from 23rd June to 14th October, it will open its doors to an exceptional exhibition devoted to European Caravaggism. The exhibition "corps et ombres" (body and shadows), has been awarded the label "exhibition of national interest" by the Ministry of Culture and Communication.

The term "Caravaggism" is applied to painters who imitated the revolutionary style of Caravaggio in 17th Century European painting. These artists were influenced by his novel use of light and shade; his unconventional, often brutal, portrayal of religious subjects; and bold, realistic handling of genre and still life.

Thanks to a Franco-American partnership of galleries in London, Florence, Madrid, Toulouse, Los Angeles and Hartford, a selection of 130 masterpieces will be on display, many of which are rarely loaned, from artists such as Caravaggio (of course), Rembrandt, Rubens and Georges de la Tour. The exhibition is also in the Musée Augustins in Toulouse. Here they have examples of Caravaggism from the North and Monpellier has examples from the South, including those by Caravaggio himself.

The Musée Fabre is open every day, except Mondays in June, July and August, from 10am to 8pm and you can see this wonderful exhibition for a mere 9 euros entry fee.