Saints, prophets and gods

Saints, prophets and gods

Bernini’s Habakkuk and the Angel, meaning the story of a mysterious journey into the lion’s den

Saints, prophets and gods

Raphael’s Isaiah – how one great artist imitated another

Caravaggio’s Young Sick Bacchus – an artist in the guise or perhaps something much more?

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Caravaggio’s Young Sick Bacchus – an artist in the guise or perhaps something much more?

Who would have liked to buy a painting depicting a boy with dirty nails and an earthen face? Who would have chosen to hang it in his salon? For whom did Caravaggio paint this rather smallish painting? Whom did he want to interest in it? These are the questions that allow us to understand how revolutionary were the first works of Michelangelo Merisi and what a breakthrough it was to put them up on the so-called free market. This is how he opened a new stage in Italian art – the artist freed himself from the pressure of the client and created for an anonymous recipient. This provided him w...

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The Pieta Chapel (Cappella della Pietà) in the Church of San Pietro in Montorio – a breath of fresh air of Dutch art

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The Pieta Chapel (Cappella della Pietà) in the Church of San Pietro in Montorio – a breath of fresh air of Dutch art

On Janiculum Hill in the Church of San Pietro in Montorio, there are numerous magnificent paintings and sculptures completed by famous artists. It is worth taking a look at them before we come to a stop in front of the fourth chapel in the left nave. Immediately we are struck by the extremely rich sculpting decorations, but also the refined architectural concept. Only a short while later our attention is directed to the paintings found within, strangely different from the other decorations of the church. There is something veristic in them, something earthly, un-Italian, simply different. And...

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Dirck van Baburen’s The Entombment of Christ – catching up with Caravaggio

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Dirck van Baburen’s The Entombment of Christ – catching up with Caravaggio

It was a truly amazing painting career, but also a time of playfulness, and youthful fun. That is how we can sum up the several years of the Utrecht-born painter Dirck van Baburen’s stay in the Eternal City. A young, ambitious, skillful artist, who was able to enjoy life, brought from Utrecht the admiration of Caravaggio and his art. How is it possible, we may ask, that a mere few years after the death of Michelangelo Merisi, his fame spread all the way to the distant city in the northern Netherlands, provoking a veritable throng of his enthusiasts to come to the city on the Tiber, inclu...

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