Caravaggio is always revolutionary
— American art historian Irving Lavin

Dear Friends,

Please join me March 9 – 17, 2018 for a riveting tour of Rome and the island of Malta in the footsteps of Caravaggio. Tour highlights will include visits to Rome’s museums, art galleries, and hand-selected restaurants featuring regional cuisine and wine. In Malta, we will discover the unforgettable stone-age archeological treasures that punctuate the stony landscape, Caravaggio’s only signed masterpiece The Beheading of Saint John, and enjoy the multicultural influences that have shaped the Maltese culture at the intersection of the West and the Levant.

Conversion on the Way to Damascus by Caravaggio

Our itinerary is driven by my longstanding passion for Caravaggio’s revolutionary message and modern way of seeing and the wealth of masterpieces held in private and public collections in these two Baroque capitals. I always return to Caravaggio’s works when I visit Rome and Malta—where I lived for almost two years in the late 1990s—and I always approach them with the anticipation and emotions of my first encounter in The Church of St. Louis of the French in Rome. Caravaggio’s work is always fresh and conspicuously new, for his paintings anticipate modernity with a quarrelsome and rebellious desire to democratize the stories and narratives that dictate social mores. If Bernini carved and built the Eternal City’s Baroque reputation as the lustrous and illustrious center of power of the Holy See, Caravaggio unabashedly captured the leather-hard faces and enduring spirit of its humanity detached from thoughts of eternal salvation by the pressing necessities of ordinary life.

I’m eager to share this richness–of stories and emotions—with you as we tread on the footsteps of Caravaggio. This tour is something very different from what we’ve ever done at Gage. I hope you will consider joining me for these exceptional nine days in Rome and Malta, March 9–17, 2018.

Please, learn more about the tour from our Program & Itinerary.

If you have any questions, contact my colleague Alison Dawson. We need your Reservation Form no later than December 17, 2017. Please complete and return to Gage Academy of Art 1501 10th Ave. East, #101 Seattle, WA 98102.

Stefano Catalani,
Gage Executive Director

Tour details:

Date: March 9-17, 2018

Total cost: EURO 2,625 or USD 2,989.85 (the current exchange rate)

Single supplement: Euro 470 or USD 535.33 (the current exchange rate)

Documents: Individual passport. Entry visas in Italy and Malta are not requested for United States citizens. Please check your expiration date of your passport as both countries require 3 month validity before expiry date. If you are not United States citizens please check Visa requirements for your country on the Consulate General of Italy – San Francisco

If you have any questions, contact Development Director Alison Dawson.