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Art History: Caravaggio

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Calling of Saint Matthew. Caravaggio's Calling of St.

Calling of Saint Matthew

Matthew, oil on canvas, c. 1599-1600 (Contarelli Chapel, San Luigi dei Francesi, Rome) Speakers: Dr. Beth Harris and Dr. Steven Zucker A favorite subject for Baroque artists was moments when one is going about one's everyday life, and then suddenly the divine enters into that mundane, everyday life, and everything is forever changed. The New Testament story, of Jesus calling Levi (later Matthew) to be his disciple is really a very simple one, but Caravaggio interprets it so richly. 13 Then Jesus went out to the lakeshore again and taught the crowds that gathered around him. 14 As he walked along, he saw Levi son of Alphaeus sitting at his tax-collection booth. Caravaggio (Michelangelo Merisi) (1571–1610) and his Followers. Caravaggio's Calling of St. Matthew, c. 1599-1600. Caravaggio, The Supper at Emmaus, 1601. Chiaroscuro in Painting: The Power of Light and Dark. Chiaroscuro is an art term that’s used quite frequently, but sometimes without an understanding of exactly what it means.

Chiaroscuro in Painting: The Power of Light and Dark

This article will cover the more important aspects of Chiaroscuro, primarily as it relates to painting. The word Chiaroscuro itself is Italian, and roughly means, “light and dark.” It was first used to describe a type of drawing on medium-dark paper where the artist created both darker areas with ink and lighter areas with white paint. Later on the term was used for woodcut prints which essentially did the same thing, using white and black together. Chiaroscuro. Conversation: 'Caravaggio: a Life Sacred and Profane' A personalized PBS video experience is only a few clicks away.

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Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio

Characterised by their dramatic, almost theatrical lighting, Caravaggio's paintings were controversial, popular, and hugely influential on succeeding generations of painters all over Europe. Born Michelangelo Merisi, Caravaggio is the name of the artist's home town in Lombardy in northern Italy. In 1592 at the age of 21 he moved to Rome, Italy's artistic centre and an irresistible magnet for young artists keen to study its classical buildings and famous works of art.

In 1595, his luck changed. Rome Caravaggio was a fast worker - but liked to play as hard as he worked. Caravaggio's technique was as spontaneous as his temper. The Complete Caravaggio part one. On the walk from the station, I come through narrow medieval Via dei Tribunali, terrorised by trucks and mopeds, past street stalls laden with the cheapest and best food in Italy.

The Complete Caravaggio part one

The buildings in the old heart of Naples are blackened, close, menacing. "Infamia", says a poster on a baroque church. Since last October, 40 people have been killed in a war between the city's Camorra gangs. From this tumultuous street a gateway opens on to a 17th-century courtyard where doctors in white coats are joking. In a waiting room, children sit patiently. This is a city that has always lived on prayer.

Entering the church next door, I finally reach the location of the altarpiece that Caravaggio painted for the Holy Mountain of Mercy in 1606-7. The complete Caravaggio part two. In the room in the Kunsthistorisches Museum that does not have a bust of him above its door, two paintings are attributed to Caravaggio.

The complete Caravaggio part two

There is a David and Goliath - but though the museum claims this as a Caravaggio, it's more likely a work by one of his followers, that gang of Caravaggisti. It's just not quite tough enough, mentally, to be a Caravaggio - the pose is easy, the boy holding the head vapid. From being forgotten, Caravaggio is now so famous that museums appear to be happy with the flimsiest attribution.

This pseudo-Caravaggio is even pushed as a postcard in the museum shop. With its horrid subject matter, it is closer to our image of the outlaw genius than the genuine Caravaggio that hangs nearby. The Madonna is enthroned high on the canvas, holding Christ by her side, gesturing with her hand at a selection of black rosary beads a team of clerics dispense to a crowd of the urban poor.

Caravaggio was in no sense a conventional Counter-Reformation propagandist.