Caravaggio inspires Pope Francis

Pontiff cites Caravaggio’s finger of Jesus pointing at him The painting that first truly made Caravaggio‘s reputation was The Calling of St. Matthew, one of three works about the saint he completed for the Church of San Luigi dei Francesi in central Rome. The latest declared fan of the work is Pope Francis, who said […]

Daily Caravaggio: The Denial of St. Peter

Late Caravaggio tells story of a biblical scene with a few gestures In his later paintings, Caravaggio was a master of suggestion, letting the story of the scene emerge from the darkness in its most telling gestures. The Denial of St. Peter, which is at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, is the […]

Daily Caravaggio: Martha and Mary Magdalene

Caravaggio’s Detroit masterwork shows use of mirrors, contrasting light After I posted David with the Head of Goliath, a reader commented on the amazing perspectival detail in David’s projecting arm. That’s why I’m posting this one of Caravaggio‘s works today. The convex mirror has been taken to suggest his use of visual aids in formulating […]

Daily Caravaggio: David with the Head of Goliath

Costanza Colonna key to Caravaggio’s mysterious disappearance The Marchesa of Caravaggio’s hometown was an important figure in his life. Costanza Colonna knew him as a small boy and helped him in his career — and out of jams — throughout his life. He was living in her cousin’s house in Naples when he disappeared in […]

Daily Caravaggio: John in the Wilderness

Caravaggio’s St. John may have been one of his last works Caravaggio painted John the Baptist many times. The last one (most likely this, now housed at the Galleria Borghese in Rome) was probably intended as part of a package of paintings that would buy his pardon from the Pope (by ingratiating him with Scipione, […]