News of: Wednesday, February 22 2006,

Rembrandt-Caravaggio exhibition in Van Gogh Museum

Today 400 journalists gathered at the Van Gogh Museum, for the press viewing of one of the most important exhibitions of this year.

The Rembrandt-Caravaggio exhibition is a confrontation of 2 famous painter, each with 'star status'.
Rembrandt worked in the 17th century in Holland, and Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio (1571-1610) in the South of Europe.
Rembrandt sometimes called the 'Caravaggio of the North' and Caravaggio the 'Rembrandt of the South'.

Although the painters never met, their work has in common that they both worked very much with shadow and light in their paintings.

It is the first time since 1952 that works by Caravaggio are to be seen in the Netherlands.
Especially for the exhibition several important Rembrandts have been borrowed from other museums around the world.

The exhibition is from February 24 to June 18, in the Van Gogh Museum (also open on Friday evenings until 10pm!).
It is held in the framework of the Rembrandt 400 Year.