Rome is the city with the highest concentration of Caravaggio’s paintings since he spent a lot of time here and got many important assignments. Good news is that from June 16 to July 15 you’ll be able to see one from Messina.
The Raising of Lazarus is the first painting by Caravaggio completed in the Sicilian city. It was 1608 and the canvas was commissioned by a rich merchant for the church of the Padri Crociferi. On the occasion of the restoration, the work will be on display for the first time in Rome at Museo di Roma, right in Navona square.
Caravaggio lovers will want to know where they can see his works in Rome. And we thought to lay out an itinerary for you. Let’s start with the free venues, for those who haven’t got time and/or money to go to museums. There are four churches with Caravaggio’s paintings in Rome: San Luigi dei Francesi, also close to Navona square, where you can see three of them on Matthew’s life, Santa Maria del Popolo with two dramatic works about St. Paul and St Peter, Rome’s patrons, Sant’Agostino and the Cappuccini church, with one canvas each.
And these are the museums featuring Caravaggio’s works in Rome. First of all Galleria Borghese with 5 beautiful items, and then the Capitoline Museums, Galleria Doria Pamphilj and the National Gallery of Ancient Art at Barberini with two each.
If you are really crazy for Caravaggio and you haven’t had enough with his 18 works in Rome, you can also make a couple of day trips to Florence and Naples to see a few more. In Florence you should head to the Uffizi gallery, Italy’s top painting museum, with three works and Palazzo Pitti with another one. In Naples, the Museum of Capodimonte and the Pio Monte della Misericordia each host one.