Monday, October 03, 2005

CARAVAGGIO’s
“Cardsharps”

MICHELANGELO Merisi da Caravaggio (1571-1610), the great Italian Baroque artist, was a violent and temperamental artist. Though Caravaggio died young and somewhat in mysterious circumstances while in exile, he managed to create some of the most sublimely beautiful paintings of the era. Some art historians believe him to be the first realist painter.

From Francine Prose’s Caravaggio: Painter of Miracles (2005)

Read about Caravaggio’s lost painting, “The Taking of Christ” in Jonathan Harr’s The Lost Painting: The Quest for a Caravaggio Masterpiece (2005), the author of A Civil Action (1995). For a more detailed biography of Caravaggio, read Helen Langdon’s Caravaggio: A Life (1999).

3 Comments:

Blogger Susan Abraham said...

Very nice, Eric. So inspired by this picture, I did a little study of it on the Internet and found much to learn from the works of its 16th century Italian painter. Such are the sensory pleasures that the Arts in all of its purest form, offers the mind. That each door opens to yet another haven. So this picture lost and found is now in Texas. You've got good taste, Eric. Very nice indeed!

Monday, October 03, 2005 4:12:00 AM  
Blogger Eric Forbes said...

Thanks, Susan. Caravaggio's "Cardsharps" is now on display at the Kimbell Art Museum in Fort Worth, Texas. I think it is worth checking out Francine Prose's well imagined and very readable account of Caravaggio's life in Caravaggio: Painter of Miracles (2005) which has just been released in the U.S. Caravaggio is one of my favourite painters. Happy reading!

Monday, October 03, 2005 4:51:00 AM  
Blogger Susan Abraham said...

It's a beautiful picture Eric. I'll definitely do as you suggested. I love it when my heart suddenly springs into a dance at the quiver of a word or the tremor of a vision. And in the meantime, the more sedate mind quietly educates itself. There's no end to learning is there and with it, a whole new refreshment of the spirit. Have a nice day, Eric and till next time

Monday, October 03, 2005 5:45:00 AM  

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