Uffizi Gallery, exhibition 2010: 'Caravaggio and Caravaggesques in Florence'

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The Uffizi Gallery, Florence - Caravaggio exhibition, May 22nd - October 17th 2010 ** now extended until January 9th 2011 **

To this day Florence is still home to more Caravaggio works than anywhere else in the world, after Rome. But for Florence to lay a claim to Caravaggio is stretching things - it is far from certain if he ever set foot in the city.

What is beyond discussion is his influence here. Caravaggio, when in Rome, was a visitor to the Palazzo Firenze, and there, via Cardinal Del Monte, ambassador to the city, would have become known to the Medici Grand Duke Ferdinand. By the end of the 16th century the Bacchus and the Medusa were already hanging in the Uffizi, and over the coming decades the Medici (especially Cosimo II) would continue to be collectors, both of Caravaggio himself and of his many followers and imitators.

To mark the 4th centennial of Caravaggio's death, this exhibition - which is also taking place at the Palatine Gallery at the Pitti Palace, will show more than 100 pieces, the bulk from Florence's own treasure trove, others from private loans.

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