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Kimbell Art Museum Offer Free Admission for First 101 Visitors to Caravaggio Exhibition

Martha and Mary Magdalene by Caravaggio, c. 1598

Martha and Mary Magdalene by Caravaggio, c. 1598

The first 101 visitors on Sunday, October 16, will receive free admission to the Kimbell Art Museum’s highly anticipated and critically acclaimed new exhibition, Caravaggio and His Followers in Rome, which officially opens Sunday.

All Museum guests attending the opening day festivities will enjoy FREE performances by Fort Worth Opera Studio artists and the Orchestra of New Spain and will have the chance to win tickets to the Fort Worth Opera, the Orchestra of New Spain, Texas Camerata, Texas Ballet Theater, Casa Mañana, Cliburn at the Bass and the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, as well as a Kimbell Family Membership. This exciting event is provided in partnership with WRR Classical 101.1 FM.

Fort Worth Opera Studio Artists, 2 p.m.

Logan Rucker, singing tenor, and Corrie Donovan, singing soprano, along with pianist Eduardo Rojas, will perform a mix of Italian opera arias and duets to enhance the experience provided by the stunning display of Caravaggio paintings and those of the painters who emulated his style.

Orchestra of New Spain, 1–3 p.m.

Musicians Kristin Van Cleve, Brad Bennight, and Eric Smith will perform Italian Baroque music on 17th-century instruments in a period performance of pieces by Francesco Geminiani, Arcangelo Correlli, Domenico Zipoli, and Isabella Leonarda.

Caravaggio and His Followers in Rome is on view at the Kimbell October 16, 2011–January 8, 2012. Caravaggio (1571–1610) was one of the most influential figures in the history of art. He overturned the artistic conventions of the day and created stunningly dramatic paintings, both sacred and secular. This ambitious exhibition explores the profound impact of his work on the wide range of painters of Italian, French, Dutch, Flemish, and Spanish origin who resided in Rome. Arranged by theme, it includes over 50 paintings, with Caravaggio’s compelling images juxtaposed with those he inspired. This is the second largest display of his paintings in North America and only the third Caravaggio exhibition to be held in the United States.

The exhibition is supported by an indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities. Promotional support is provided by American Airlines, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, and NBC 5. A fully illustrated exhibition catalogue has been published by Yale University Press, New Haven and London, in association with the National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa.

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