17th-century Caravaggesque painting

Once attributed to Caravaggio, the anonymous painting Saint John the Baptist in the Wilderness now acts as the origin for a large holding of Caravaggesque works within the museum’s collections. Launched from southern Italy by Giovanni Do and Luca Giordano, this movement diffused its chiaroscuro and radical naturalism to the rest of the Italian peninsula (Vermiglio), and then on to France with Aubin Vouet, notably, to Holland with Ter Brugghen, to Flanders with Seghers and to Spain with Murillo.