Join our Private Tour of Caravaggio’s Rome & Art Restoration Lab to see the best works of Caravaggio in Rome and meet those who tirelessly work to preserve Rome’s masterpieces. Continue to a state-of-the- art restoration lab, where master artisans keep the city’s Renaissance artworks looking like masterpieces. Normally closed to the public, this lab takes you behind the curtain of the tricky business of art restoration.
At Santa Maria del Popolo, see the brute power of Caravaggio’s work exemplified in his Crucifixion of St. Peter. The companion piece, The Conversion of St. Paul on the Way to Damascus, works with Crucifixion to contrast youth and age, glory and decay.
In the Basilica of Sant’ Agostino, see the painting that shook Rome to its core; Madonna dei Pellegrini. This Mary may well have been a prostitute; fittingly, as Sant’Agostino was the Roman Church favored by courtesans, in the 15th century. Continue to San Luigi dei Francesi — St Louis of the French — to see Caravaggio’s masterful series from the life of St. Matthew. Caravaggio’s use of normal Romans as models, and his homoerotic gaze, are at their most evocative.
Finally, enjoy exclusive private access to an art restoration lab. Meet the artist/scientists who devote their days to restoring Rome’s masterpieces. Learn the techniques behind modern restoration and Renaissance painting and speak to those who have actually restored Caravaggio’s work. Aperitif with the restorers follow the tour.