Saint Serapion

Francisco de Zurbarán, Saint Serapion (1628) (Wadsworth Atheneum / Ella Gallup Sumner and Mary Catlin Sumner Collection Fund / March 4, 2013)

Artists are often short-tempered brawlers. Caravaggio (1571-1610), whose legacy comes into focus for the first time in a quarter-century when Burst of Light opens at the Wadsworth, fought quite a bit; he's said to have traveled around with an armed servant, and even reputedly killed a young man in 1606, necessitating a hasty retreat to Rome (the Pope put a bounty on his head). Caravaggio's art, meanwhile, contrasts light and dark, without much in between. Burst of Light also showcases roughly 30 works by members of the "Caravaggisti," including Gentileschi, Ribera, Zurbarán (his Saint Serapion, from 1628, is pictured above) and Sweerts. The exhibit ends June 16.


Burst of Light: Caravaggio and His Legacy

ends June 16, Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, 600 Main St., Hartford, (860) 278-2670, wadsworthatheneum.com.