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About the exhibition
Palazzo Reale pays tribute to the recently rediscovered work of 17th-century artist Georges De La Tour with the exhibition L’Europa della Luce (Europe of Light) focusing on the contrasts between daytime and night time paintings. The over 30 works on display are the result of important loans from American and French museums and institutions such as the National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C., J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles, Frick Collection in New York Musée des Beaux-Arts in Nantes, Musée du Mont-du-Piété in Bergues, Musée départemental d’Art ancien et Contemporain in Epinal, Museée des Beaux-Arts di Digione, Musée Toulouse-Lautrec in Albi, Musée départemental Georges de La Tour in Vic-sue-Seille.
Lights and shades
The exhibition highlights the contrast between day-time paintings, focusing on poverty and on the passing of time thanks a striking realism and bright lights, and night-time images, where beautiful characters emerge thanks to the light of small, delicate candles revealing their humanity. Early naturalistic painting and the experimentation on the use of light are key to the depiction of the difficulties of daily life, and on the role of humble characters such as beggars, shepherd, as well as saints and priests. The artistic production by De la Tour becomes the protagonist of a dialogue with the works by other artists of his times such as Gerrit van Honthorst, Paulus Bor, Trophime Bigot and Hendrick ter Brugghen.