Film Screening: Caravaggio v Baglione

Monday November 20, 18:00, LLC Commons Room


Modern writers and the 20th century media have all but crowned Caravaggio as the spiritual artistic king of his era, but this is only his recent reputation.  Did you know that Caravaggio the painter was a criminal and murderer--and that he lived a life filled with scandal?


And what of Giovanni Baglione, his prolific contemporary rival, who eventually took Caravaggio to court?  Is there a “Second Story” to be told about these artists and their respective legacies?


Join us on Monday evening, 20 November for a broadcast of an episode of the new ARTE series on artistic rivalry, which features our own Webster professor Maryvelma O’Neil.  The documentary dives into these intrigues of 17th Century Rome and debunks some myths, as experts weigh in on a ‘last judgment’ about who was the greater artist of their time.


Webster Geneva professor Maryvelma O’Neil is the world’s leading researcher on Giovanni Baglione, and appears as an ‘expert witness’ in the 1-hour documentary, filmed in Rome.  Professor O’Neil’s own research and doctoral thesis at Oxford sought to give historical justice to the story of Giovanni Baglione, painter and biographer who, in spite of Caravaggio’s character, ultimately wrote with praise of Caravaggio’s talent.


We invite you to see Prof. MV O’Neil take a stand for Baglione as the better (underappreciated) artist of the two.  All lovers of art, of history and of all things Italian are invited to this film viewing, which will be followed by an informal wine and cheese apéro. 

Monday, November 20, 2017

Webster University Geneva, LLC Commons Room
Route de Collex 9 1293 Bellevue, Switzerland

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Global Campuses, Geneva



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