Free forthcoming events at the Museum of the Order of St John

April’s 10 Minute Talk

Discover more about the museum, the Order of St John, St John Ambulance and the history of Clerkenwell at our series of free lunchtime talks.

CARAVAGGIO: FACTS AND FICTION


  • Dates: Wednesday 8th April
  • Time: 12:30pm

Issues of connoisseurship, authentication and attribution have been of particular interest to the Museum recently. "The Cardsharps" by Caravaggio, kindly loaned to the Museum from a private collection, has been the subject of a legal argument concerning alleged negligence and the duty of care owed by the auction house to the vendor.

"The Cardsharps" is a much copied painting, and Caravaggio is known to have replicated his own works. Attribution is never an exact science, and it is not uncommon for paintings to move from the status of copy, to the hand of the master, or indeed vice versa.

The Museum displays "The Cardsharps" as by Caravaggio, based on the considerable scholarship of Sir Denis Mahon who discovered the work, and this opinion is supported by other academics who, like Prof Mina Gregori, spent more than half a century studying the Artist. Others may argue, and indeed they have, that it is a very fine copy.

Come and listen to our Curator’s short talk before viewing the painting and deciding for yourself!

FREE FAMILY ACTIVITIES

Easter Holidays
Create a stained glass Easter egg

  • Dates: Tuesday 7th April
  • Time: 11am - 3pm

Storytelling (1 – 2pm) and Easter Trail

  • Dates: Wednesday 8th April
  • Time: 11am - 3pm

Decorate a mini vase for some spring flowers

  • Dates: Thursday 9th April
  • Time: 11am - 3pm