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Caravaggio and Me

Updated on November 10, 2018
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My love for the arts has led me to travel to other countries and many of our own great museums and theatres to experience the arts in person

Inclusion of Paintings I Use As Examples

I have tried to arrange the paintings I mention in my article in an order that makes it easier to view and help understand what I have written.

Caravaggio's "Conversion of Saint Paul" (Picture 1)

Caravaggio's exquisite "Conversion of Saint Paul" at the Sante Maria del Popolo in Rome
Caravaggio's exquisite "Conversion of Saint Paul" at the Sante Maria del Popolo in Rome

"The Resurrection" and "Death of the Virgin" by Caravaggio

"Less than perfect" Christ - more realistic.
"Less than perfect" Christ - more realistic.
Another less than perfect representation - A realistic looking Virgin Mary - to me it makes her more real.
Another less than perfect representation - A realistic looking Virgin Mary - to me it makes her more real.

Angelica and Medoro by Peterzano

Can see where he influenced Caravaggio when Caravaggio apprenticed under him.
Can see where he influenced Caravaggio when Caravaggio apprenticed under him.

"A Sacre Conversazione: The Madonna and Child" by Titian

Can see here where he influenced Caravaggio in the illumination aspect of a painting but Caravaggio would take it much further - dramatic.
Can see here where he influenced Caravaggio in the illumination aspect of a painting but Caravaggio would take it much further - dramatic.
An interior shot of the Sante Maria Del Popolo in Rome, Italy.
An interior shot of the Sante Maria Del Popolo in Rome, Italy.

Caravaggio's "Boy with Basket of Fruit"

Please note the imperfection in the fruit -realistic, not idealized.
Please note the imperfection in the fruit -realistic, not idealized.

Rembrandt's "The Night Watch"

An obvious influence of Caravaggio with Rembrandt = both geniuses. I did a  nicely graded paper using this painting to compare with Caravaggio's style of painting.
An obvious influence of Caravaggio with Rembrandt = both geniuses. I did a nicely graded paper using this painting to compare with Caravaggio's style of painting.

'David Holding Goliath's Head" by Caravaggio (Picture 9)

Example where Caravaggio included himself in one of his paintings. I will let you guess which he is! Definitely shows a sense of humor or some psychological  self-degradation on his part. Either way it is interesting.
Example where Caravaggio included himself in one of his paintings. I will let you guess which he is! Definitely shows a sense of humor or some psychological self-degradation on his part. Either way it is interesting.

The End of this Story - Not My Love of the Arts

Of course, we had to leave and I was like a father who has to be pried away from the maternity ward the first time he gets to see his new-born child. We were to see more Caravaggio's, some even more brilliant and as famous but none of them exceeded or surpassed the heights, emotionally, of my first "in my face" Caravaggio - that Caravaggio. I doubt any words I will ever be able to write will ever describe my emotions - wonderful emotions - of that unforgettable day. If 'you' ever meet me face to face, ask me to act it out. I have yet to have a disappointed audience. One sad note. As I wrote in another article, when I lost my home to foreclosure and Chase Bank and Fannie Mae allowed the property manager, James Watson of Butler, PA to steal or destroy my possessions, it sadly included all my notebooks, diaries and countless pictures. Thank goodness they could not steal or destroy my memories.

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    • Peter Grujic profile imageAUTHOR

      Peter Alexander 

      4 years ago from Pittsburgh

      Israel- you have something interesting every day every minute to report- you are a superior human being!!! Peter!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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      Israel Andalon 

      4 years ago

      Hello Peter!

      It's the first time I jump into your Hub and I find it really interesting everything you wrote down here about art and Caravaggio!

      I am also a blogger and as you know wanted to be a writer and I know how hard it's sometimes to write some few pharagraphs with interesting info about the things that you like. Keep the good work and visit my blog someday (when I add something interesting)

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