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Delving into the Galleria Borghese, the largest single collection of Caravaggio’s works
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Exploring the Roman places of special significance to the artist
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Viewing works by Artemisia Gentileschi, the major female follower of Caravaggio
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Enjoying Italian and Maltese cuisine, settings, and conviviality
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Admiring Caravaggio’s masterpieces in Malta’s St. John’s Co-Cathedral

Caravaggio in Rome & Malta

May 15-25, 2022

11 days | Italy | Cultural Explorations

READINGS: Peter Robb, M: The Man Who Became Caravaggio

Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio flashed through the studios and patronage circles of 16th-century Rome like a lightning bolt, and the impact of his work on Baroque painting was just as powerful. Yet after his death in 1610, his paintings fell out of the scholarly and public eye. He was not truly in the spotlight again until the 20th century, when his works and his importance to western art were given a major reappraisal. According to renowned art historian Bernard Berenson, “With the exception of Michelangelo, no other Italian painter exercised so great an influence.” 

What are the reasons behind this enthusiastic re-assessment, and what are the implications for our understanding of both Caravaggio’s works and our own contemporary culture? In particular, art historians point to Caravaggio’s influence on modern painting. What’s at the bottom of their claims?

We’ll find out together in the Roman churches, museums and galleries where Caravaggio’s works are displayed, and in the narrow streets and grand palaces and piazzas where he lived, worked and socialized. We then leave the bustle of Rome for the intriguing island of Malta. Caravaggio fled there in 1607 to join the Knights of the Order of St. John, and thus receive pardon for a grave sin—the killing of Ranuccio Tomassoni. We’ll see some of the works he painted there during a period of violence and desperation that marked the last few years of his life. We’ll also take in the many-layered history and landscape of Malta, for centuries a crossroads of culture and political power struggles.

Join Classical Pursuits on a quest to understand the unmatched drama and intensity of one of Italy’s most important painters.
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Tour Cost (per person):
US$4995  Includes all taxes and gratuities.
Group Size:
12 - 16 participants

What’s included: Airport transfers; accommodation based on double occupancy; flight from Rome to Malta; most meals; transportation by private coach; all activities and entrance fees; services of specialized English-speaking guides; four seminars with Nella Cotrupi; hosted by Nella Cotrupi; taxes and gratuities; readings (mailed to you prior to departure).

Itinerary at a Glance

DayActivity
1Meet in Rome
2Galleria Borghese
3Musei Capitolini, Doria Pamphili Gallery
4A Caravaggio Walk
5Roman Churches
6Palazzo Barberini
7Fly to Malta, take in the city of Valletta
8St. John’s Co-Cathedral
9Fort St. Angelo, Grand Master’s Palace, National Museum of Archaeology
10Ġgantija Temples
11Depart Malta
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Nella Cotrupi is an Italian-born literary critic, scholar, educator, and lawyer with a life-long passion for the literary and visual arts. She takes an interdisciplinary approach to her subjects and focuses on the intersection between art, biography, society, and the evolution of ideas.

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Cultural Explorations Literary Adventures Worldwide Explorers Club
Tour Cost (per person):
US$4995  Includes all taxes and gratuities.
Group Size:
12 - 16 participants

What’s included: Airport transfers; accommodation based on double occupancy; flight from Rome to Malta; most meals; transportation by private coach; all activities and entrance fees; services of specialized English-speaking guides; four seminars with Nella Cotrupi; hosted by Nella Cotrupi; taxes and gratuities; readings (mailed to you prior to departure).

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