Caravaggio’s Rome with Andrew Graham Dixon

Basilica of Saint Peter
Basilica of Saint Peter

Itinerary 2020

Day 1

We fly to Rome and check into the hotel, Albergo Santa Chiara. We will have an introductory by Andrew Graham-Dixon on Caravaggio and the time the artist spent in Rome.

Hotel: Overnight Hotel Santa Chiara
Meals: Dinner included

Day 2

We begin our exploration of Caravaggio with a short walk to the Chiesa di San Luigi dei Francesi, where we admire three paintings of St Matthew, namely the Calling of St. Matthew, the Martyrdom of St. Matthew and the Angel Visiting St. Matthew. Still in the Campus Martius, where Caravaggio killed Ranuccio Tomassoni, we visit the Basilica of St. Agostino to view the Madonna of Loretto, also known as the Pilgrim’s Madonna. We continue to the Basilica of Santa Maria del Popolo, which houses two of his masterpieces, namely the Crucifixion of St Peter and The Conversion of St Paul. We proceed to the Villa Ludovosi, where we admire the astonishing foreshortening of the ceiling painting representing Jupiter, Neptune and Plato. The painting, which is unusually oil on plaster, shows off Caravaggio’s grasp of perspective. After lunch, we visit the nearby Palazzo Barberini, where we will see two paintings, namely St Francis in Meditation and the dramatic Judith Beheading Holofernes. We finish the day with a visit to the glorious Galleria Borghese which has no less than seven Caravaggio paintings, including some famous masterpieces as Self Portrait as Bacchus, the Boy with a Basket of Fruit, David with the Head of Goliath, as well as the Madonna and Child with St. Anne, St. Jerome Writing, St John the Baptist and the Portrait of Pope Paul V.

Hotel: Overnight Hotel Santa Chiara
Meals: All Meals included

Day 3

This morning we take a short walk to the Palazzo Doria Pamphilj, which houses one of the largest private art collections in Rome. Here we consider the Penitent Magdalene, along with the painting of St John the Baptist with the Ram which is identical to one in the Capitoline Museums. We proceed to the Chiesa di Santa Maria Immacolata, built by Pope Urban VIII for his brother Antonio Barberini who was a member of the Capuchin order. Here, we will view the painting of Saint Francis in Meditation, identical to one hanging in the church of St Peter in Carpineto and only recently identified as the original. The afternoon is yours to explore. You can choose to visit the Capitoline Museums, which has two well known Caravaggio paintings, namely, the Fortune Teller and the other version of St. John Baptist and the Ram which you saw this morning. Alternatively, you could explore the Pantheon which is only a stone’s throw from the hotel.

Hotel: Overnight Hotel Santa Chiara
Meals: Breakfast & Lunch included

Day 4

Today we will walk to the part of Rome known as Trastevere to explore the Palazzo Corsini, in particular the Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Antica di Palazzo Corsini which is housed on the first floor of the palace. Here we will view the collection of the Corsini family, including the well known Caravaggio painting, St John the Baptist. We proceed to the Vatican, where we visit the Basilica of Saint Peter. After lunch, we explore the stupendous Vatican Museums, which host innumerable masterpieces, including Caravaggio’s Entombment of Christ.

Hotel: Overnight Hotel Santa Chiara
Meals: All Meals included

Day 5

Time permitting we have free time to explore the Campus Martius before returning home.

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2020 Tour Details

Wed 14th Oct - Sun 18th Oct




sgl supp: £325


Led By: Andrew Graham-Dixon

Guide Lecturer

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