The light of a candle that illuminates a face, the dice players bend over the table in a dark room where shadows surround the figures: the works of the most beloved seventeenth-century French painter, Georges de La Tour, so close to Caravaggio in the way to use the light, will be on display at Palazzo Reale from February 7th to June 7th 2020.
De la Tour is an enigmatic artist, who portrays angels taken from the people, saints without halo, who prefer subjects taken from the street, like beggars, generally depicting low-ranking people rather than historical or noble models. Among the masterpieces on show, the moving emotional intensity of The Penitent Magdalene stands out (National Gallery of Art in Washington DC), The Musicians' Brawl (J. Paul Getty Museum) which expresses with crude realism one of the most dear themes to the French painter, the group scenes depicting fragments of popular life, as well as The Hurdy-Gurdy Player with a Dog (Musée du Mont-de-Piété in Bergues).
The exhibition will also present comparisons between the masterpieces of the French master and those of other great figures of his time, such as Gerrit van Honthorst, Paulus Bor, Trophime Bigot, Hendrick ter Brugghen.
A world of extraordinary images that will move the visitors.