LACMA, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, presents this exhibition on the painter Caravaggio (1571 â€“ 1610) and his long-lasting influence on later painters. Caravaggio died young (age 38), and left a small body of work: only about 80 paintings. Lost or disputed Caravaggios are still being found to this day. For Bodies and Shadows, LACMA has assembled 8 Caravaggio paintings in one place - a record number - along with works by over 30 additional artists, such as Georges de la Tour, Gerrit van Honthorst, and Carlo Saraceni. The website features a video by artist Sandow Birk, who discusses a 21st century painting of his, based on Caravaggio's "Saint Francis of Assisi in Ecstasy," and says that looking at Caravggio taught him how to paint. There are also curator-written blog posts discussing the show, that include additional images of Caravaggio paintings.
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