This blog was inspired by David McNeil poem about Greek mythology of Narcissus. I wanted to know more about the Greek mythology story and how this is very appropriate to many in today’s society. Read more
During the Baroque painting era, Europe is plunged into continuous wars, the Reformation and the Counter-Reformation, which will not end until the independence of Holland, and the consolidation of monarchical absolutism, especially in the centre of the continent. Art will be the propaganda vehicle of both the Church of the Counter-Reformation, and of the absolutist states or of the Protestant bourgeoisie. It is a seductive art that appeals to the imagination, the sensuality and the dynamism, for which it uses of the compositional theatricality is depicted.
Judith and Holofernes by Caravaggio
Judith and Holofernes is a pictorial work by the artist Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio, better known as Caravaggio (1571-1610), circa 1589. Caravaggio is undoubtedly one of the most relevant figures in the whole artistic world. The painter par excellence of the Baroque period and the introducer of a new light treatment “the tenebrismo” that would greatly influence in the art world much beyond the life or surroundings of the artist. Read more
Judith & Holofernes
I recently visited The National Gallery and saw one of my favourite paintings from Johann Liss (about 1595 – 1631) and I stood in awe with the painting entitled “Judith in the Tent of Holofernes” I was struck by it’s brutal nature and blood curdling rendition of a simple Bible story. Why did Judith & Holofernes painting have such an effect on me? Read more
Caravaggio early years
Caravaggio was born in Rome, where his father, Fermo Merisi, worked as administrator and architect decorator of the Marquis of Caravaggio, city of which later would take the name. His mother Lucia Aratori came from a wealthy family from the same place. In 1576 the family moved to Caravaggio because of the plague that struck Milan. Caravaggio’s father died in 1577. His closeness to the Colonna and Sforza families later assisted Caravaggio in his career. Read more