Biography of Caravaggio - Assignment Point.
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So given Caravaggio’s turbulent life, it is perhaps appropriate that the discovery of the painting should have its remote origins in a murder. On a June morning in 1920 in a town of Gorey in Co. Wexford in Ireland, the IRA murdered the District Inspector of the RIC, Captain Percival Lea-Wilson in revenge for his alleged mistreating of republican prisoners after the collapse of the 1916.
Caravaggio - far from being out of step with his time - was powerfully in synch with the ideals and obsessions of Counter-Reformation Italy.
According to tradition Caravaggio painted flowers and fruit when he first came to Rome. Individual pieces of this Still Life with Flowers and Fruit are brilliantly painted and call to mind the mastery of such subjects that Caravaggio showed in early works such as Boy with a Basket of Fruit, as well as his reported comment that it took as much trouble to paint a flower as it did to paint a man.
It’s no coincidence then, I think, that Mackie references here Caravaggio’s The Calling of St Matthew, serendipitously featured in a recent post, but, sod it, we’ll have it again: A gang of low-life shady types are gathered in the gloomy back room of some insalubrious dive, when lo, Christ appears to interrupt their tawdry games of chance.
Penitent Magdalene (also called Repentant Madalene) is a 16th century oil on canvas painting by Italian Baroque painter Caravaggio. The painting portrays a repentant Mary Magdalene, bowed over in penitent sorrow as she leaves behind her dissolute life, its trappings abandoned beside her.At the time of its completion, ca. 1594-1595, the painting was unconventional for its contemporary realism.
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