Feb 162009
Caravaggio: Deposition (The Entombment of Christ)

Caravaggio‘s Entombment (Pinacoteca Vaticana, Vatican City) presents a symbiosis between an emotionally strung theme and a monolithic, balanced composition. Suffering is elevated to an aesthetically pleasing – and hence tragic – conception that flows from a congregation of actors, a single block reminiscent of a bas-relief (Caravaggio was known for his propensity to emulate sculpture). […]

Nov 262008
Caravaggio: Sacrifice of Isaac

This painting (hanging in Uffizi Gallery, Florence; read the Wikipedia article of Caravaggio’s Sacrifice of Isaac) disturbs and stirs the viewer with the gestures of the actors — as if they themselves literally hold on to us, shaking us from apathy or calm. This psychological effect is not accidental: the depicted theme is one of […]

Nov 212008
Caravaggio: The Cardsharps

This painting (hanging in Kimbell Art Museum in Fort Worth, Texas, USA) follows The Fortune Teller in depicting a scene of sharp practice which very well might have been based in reality. This Wikipedia article on The Cardsharps mentions realism (the unglamorous theme, the ragged gloves, the dramatic tension) as the quality that made Caravaggio […]

Nov 162008
Caravaggio: Boy Bitten by a Lizard

Perhaps too much stress has been put into sexual interpretations of this early painting (exists in two versions, one hangs in National Gallery in London (Boy Bitten by a Lizard), the other in La Collezione di Roberto Longhi in Florence) by Caravaggio (Wikipedia Article on Boy Bitten by a Lizard, and Caravaggio Wikipedia Article). There […]

Oct 132008
Caravaggio: The Fortune Teller

A serene composition unfolds before us (the piece was painted in two different variations: the one below hangs in Louvre, Paris, [visit the great Louvre official site too] , and the next one hangs in Musei Capitolini, Rome, and may be seen in the slideshow on the main page). It may seem as though Caravaggio […]