E-mail This Page

Old Masters in New Frames: Caravaggio at the Clark

For Immediate Release

October 04, 2012

[Digital images available upon request]

Williamstown, MA—On Thursday, October 18 at 7 pm, the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute’s Old Masters in New Frames series continues with a free broadcast of the film Caravaggio (1986, 90 min.). Director Derek Jarman tells the story of the scandalous Italian Baroque painter, played by Nigel Terry, and his muse and model, played by Tilda Swinton in her debut film role.

Michelangelo da Caravaggio, who began his career in the late 1600s painting Biblical images for the Catholic Church, became famous for his dramatic use of chiaroscuro and his often controversial ultra-realism in painting the human body.

Caravaggio is a lush dramatization of the sordid life of the painter and his masterful works created during the late Italian Renaissance. Newsweek praised the film’s "spectacular, painterly camerawork…. The mood is much like that of Caravaggio's paintings—brooding, sensual, pagan in the extreme."

Michael Cassin, director of the Center for Education in the Visual Arts at the Clark, will introduce Caravaggio, looking in particular at how the film explores the relationship between the artist's dramatic paintings and his almost equally dramatic life.

Old Masters in New Frames is a free film series that pairs highly esteemed feature films about famous artists with curators and educators who offer an introduction and/or lead a post-film discussion, thus putting a new frame around the subject. 

About The Clark

Set amidst 140 acres in the Berkshires, the Clark is one of the few major art museums that also serves as a leading international center for research and scholarship. The Clark presents public and education programs and organizes groundbreaking exhibitions that advance new scholarship. The Clark’s research and academic programs include an international fellowship program and conferences. Together with Williams College, the Clark sponsors one of the nation’s leading master’s programs in art history.

The Clark is located at 225 South Street in Williamstown, Massachusetts. The galleries are open daily in July and August (open Tuesday through Sunday from September through June), 10 am to 5 pm. Admission is $15 June 1 through October 31; free November through May; and free year-round for Clark members, children 18 and younger, and students with valid ID. For more information, visit clarkart.edu or call 413 458 2303.

Amanda Powers
The Clark
413 458 0471


Return to the previous page