A rare Chicago visit by a Caravaggio

“The Supper at Emmaus’’ depicts the resurrected Jesus revealing himself to two of his disciples. “The Supper at Emmaus’’ depicts the resurrected Jesus revealing himself to two of his disciples.
By Mark Feeney
Globe Staff / October 4, 2009

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OCT. 10-JAN. 31


“The Supper at Emmaus’’: As part of a temporary exchange of paintings with its owner, London’s National Gallery, Caravaggio’s famous canvas will go on display at the Art Institute of Chicago. Executed in 1601, the painting depicts the New Testament story of how Christ revealed himself after the Resurrection to two of his disciples. It’s a subject ideally suited to Caravaggio’s remarkable ability to blend realism and mundane detail with dramatic presentation and theatrical lighting. There are very few Caravaggios in North America, so this is a rare opportunity to see one of the Baroque master’s best-known paintings without having to go to Europe. Also on display will be several paintings in the style of Caravaggio from the Art Institute’s collection. 111 South Michigan Ave., 312-443-3600,



“From Out That Shadow: The Life and Legacy of Edgar Allan Poe’’: The Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas observes the bicentennial of America’s most macabre man of letters with this comprehensive exhibition. Among items on display are letters to and from Poe, his writing desk, original illustrations for his works, and several manuscripts, including that for his best-known title, “The Raven.’’ 21st and Guadalupe streets, 512-471-8944,

OCT. 10-JAN. 10


“Man Ray, African Art and the Modernist Lens’’: African art fascinated 20th-century Modernist artists. This exhibition at the Phillips Collection includes 60 photographs by Man Ray, another 40 by such contemporaries as Walker Evans and Alfred Stieglitz, and 20 African artifacts that appear in the images. (Also of note on the Man Ray front is “Alias Man Ray: The Art of Reinvention,’’ which looks at the artist’s Jewish roots. It runs at the Jewish Museum, in New York, from Nov. 15-March 14.) 1600 21st St., NW, 202-387-2151,

OCT. 10-JAN. 17


“Maharaja: the Splendor of India’s Royal Courts’’: “Maharaja’’ means “great king.’’ This sumptuous exhibition at the Victoria & Albert Museum looks at the Indian rulers at the height of their splendor and influence, from the early 18th century until the end of British rule in 1947. On display will be some 250 objects, many of them lent for the first time from India’s royal collections. Cromwell Road, 011-44-20-7942-2000,

OCT. 23-FEB. 28


“Matisse & Rodin’’: Henri Matisse and Auguste Rodin met in 1899. The relationship between their sculpture and drawings - how their work both converges and diverges - is explored in this exhibition mounted by the Musee Rodin. It’s the first show devoted to Matisse’s sculpture in more than 30 years. 79 rue de Varenne, 011-33-1-44-18-61-10,

NOV. 8-JAN. 25


“Bauhaus 1919-1933: Workshops for Modernity’’: The effect of the Bauhaus, the legendary German art school, can still be felt today in architecture, industrial design, and graphic arts. This Museum of Modern Art exhibition displays more than 400 works - paintings, furniture, textiles, and much else besides - to indicate both the range of the school’s handiwork and its impact on 20th-century culture. 11 West 53d St., 212-708-9400,


DEC. 8-FEB. 28

“Drawings by Rembrandt and His Pupils: Telling the Difference’’: Rembrandt was a great teacher as well as a great artist. This exhibition at the Getty Museum in Los Angeles compares and contrasts the work of Rembrandt and 14 of his pupils and followers. 1200 Getty Center Drive, 310-440-7300,


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