|Pages/Publication Date:||299 / 2016|
|Publisher:||Metropolitan Museum of Art.|
In the 1620s, the French-born painter Valentin de Boulogne (1591-1632) emerged as one of the greatest masters of naturalistic painting, demonstrating the influence of Caravaggio's art through his dramatic use of lighting and unconventional biblical scenes. This book features more than 50 paintings by Valentin—includingCrowning with Thorns, Denial of Saint Peter, Fortune Teller with Soldiers, and his idiosyncratic Saint John the Baptist—as well as works by his contemporaries that help situate his oeuvre. The essays examine Valentin's masterful depictions of everyday life in turbulent 17th-century Rome, and trace his artistic lineage down to such 19th-century artists as Gustave Courbet.