It is May in 1610 and Caravaggio is in the city of Naples in Italy. He is doing what he normally does, he is painting. But, two months later he dies under mysterious circumstances, and this is the last painting he ever made.
The name of this painting is “The Martyrdom of Saint Ursula”, and now it is returning to England for the first time in 20 years. There is a letter in which Caravaggio describes the story behind the painting and it will be on display together with his last creation. To spice it up even more, the National Gallery will portray its own picture from Caravaggio (‘Salome with the Head of John the Baptist’) from 1609-1610 together with “The Martyrdom of Saint Ursula.
The Last Caraggio in the National Gallery
Dates: April 18, 2014 – July 21, 2014
Location: National Gallery
Admission fee: It is free to visit this exhibition. Even though it is free, it is smart to book a free ticket online at the website of the National Gallery before you arrive to be sure that you can enter the museum at the given time.
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