Oct 022015
Villa Borghese, Galleria Borghese: Bernini Sculptures (David, Apollo and Daphne, Rape of Proserpine)

Here are some photographs of Gian Lorenzo Bernini sculptures. I took the photos during my recent visit to the Galleria Borghese. Enjoy! The tense and dynamic David, sometimes seen as the quintessential Baroque counterpart to Michelangelo’s famous calm and monumental statue of the same name:   The passionate and tempestuous Apollo and Daphne:   And […]

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 […]