Fendi Previews Caravaggio Masterpieces From Rome's Galleria Borghese at The Getty Center

by Kara Powell

When in Rome, you will not see Caravaggio masterpieces 'David with the Head of Goliath', 'Saint Jerome', and the 'Boy with a Basket of Fruit'. For that, you'll have to come to Los Angeles, where the arrival of the Italian masterpieces was warmly welcomed by FENDI, The Getty, and Galleria Borghese at a private preview of the collection for VIPs at the Getty Center on Sunday night.

The celebration, which marks the beginning of a three-year collaboration with the Caravaggio Research Institute, was attended by a constellation of shining lights from the worlds of fashion and culture, including Silvia Venturini Fendi herself, Pietro Beccaria (Chairman & CEO, Fendi), Anna Coliva (Director, Galleria Borghese), and James Cuno (President & CEO, J. Paul Getty Trust).

Caravaggio's paintings highlight his subjects with an endlessly arresting use of light and shadow (David Hockney has claimed he invented "Hollywood Lighting", so a Los Angeles landing is more apt then it may at first appear) infusing his realism with a sense of poignant drama that we Angelenos are lucky to be able to see firsthand. Don't miss your chance: the paintings will be available for public view at The Getty Center from November 21, 2017 through February 18, 2018.

Exhibition hours are Tuesday–Friday and Sunday 10:00 a.m.–5:30 p.m. Saturday 10:00 a.m.–9:00 p.m. Admission to The Getty Center is free.