Thursday, June 6, 2024

Caravaggio at the Met

 I love Caravaggio as a painter. His work is lovely, and even surprising, given he only lived 38 years. The last 4 years in exile as he was convicted of murder in a brawl.

I saw one of his works at the Met and loved it.. I had to share. The one thing I did here was brighten the paintings. The original is on top, and a brightened version is below. The dark brooding is a signature of his style, but I am not sure if any of them are still exactly the same as when they were painted 500 years ago.

Shown in the Met - The Musicians 1595.

The Musicians lightened a bit.

The young man with the lute is his favorite subject - and probably a lover. Caravaggio, a the time, was not yet disfigured in a bar fight and is believed to be the subject / self portrait behind the young man, his lover.


I missed the name of this, but I did live the small statue in front and the picture

From Wikipedia.

Caravaggio's innovations inspired Baroque painting, but the latter incorporated the drama of his chiaroscuro without the psychological realism.[dubious ] The style evolved and fashions changed, and Caravaggio fell out of favour. In the 20th century, interest in his work revived, and his importance to the development of Western art was reevaluated. The 20th-century art historian André Berne-Joffroy [fr] stated: "What begins in the work of Caravaggio is, quite simply, modern painting."[6]

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