Caravaggio: 9 works

A slideshow of artworks auto-selected from multiple collections

By Google Arts & Culture

Saint Catherine of Alexandria (Around 1598) by CaravaggioMuseo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza

'The dramatic lighting of the scene creates a chiaroscuro effect characteristic of Caravaggio, whose approach to light and volume--evident in this canvas--was to have considerable impact both in Italy and throughout Europe.'

Good Luck (1594/1595) by Caravaggio (Michelangelo Merisi)Musei Capitolini

'The subject of the painting reveals Caravaggio's new interest in scenes taken from the street.'

Medusa (1595 - 1598) by Caravaggio MerisiUffizi Gallery

'In 1598 Cardinal Francesco Maria del Monte gave this painted shied to the Grand Duke Ferdinando I. It was put in the Armory of the Uffizi without any attribution; in 1631 it was registered as a work by Caravaggio and was displayed as part of a suit of Persian Armor worn by a mannequin seated on a wooden horse.'

The Cardsharps (c. 1595) by Caravaggio (Michelangelo Merisi)Kimbell Art Museum

'Apprenticed in Milan in 1584, Caravaggio came to Rome in the early 1590s. There his early masterpiece The Cardsharps came to the attention of the influential Cardinal Francesco Maria del Monte, who not only purchased it but also offered the artist quarters in his palace.'

Cupid as Victor (around 1601) by CaravaggioGemäldegalerie, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin

'The chiaroscuro and the incredibly natural quality of the figures are typical of Caravaggio.'

Portrait of a gentleman (Scipione Borghese?) (1598 - 1604) by Michelangelo Merisi known as CaravaggioFondazione Musei Senesi

'The most convincing elements for such attribution are the modernity of the shadow projected diagonally on the wall, now visible once again, and the supposed protagonist as Scipione Caffarelli Borghese, one of the central figures in Caravaggio's life and one of the leading art collectors of his time.'

Sacrifice of Isaac (1603 - 1604) by Caravaggio MerisiUffizi Gallery

'This painting which represents the test of Abraham's faith in which he is asked by God to sacrifice his only child, a child he had at a very advanced age, is the only painting by Caravaggio with a landscape in the background.'

Saint John the Baptist in the Wilderness (1604 - 1605) by Michelangelo Merisi, called CaravaggioThe Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

'Evidence of Caravaggio's working method, in which he incised lines into the gesso ground to guide his hand while painting, can be easily seen along the sitter's left leg in the right corner. Caravaggio most likely borrowed the Baptist's pose from one of Michelangelo's seated prophets and sibyls on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel in the Vatican, Rome.'

Madonna of the Rosary (1605/1607) by Michelangelo Merisi, called CaravaggioKunsthistorisches Museum Wien

'He subtly makes the objects of their desire, the rosaries, more abstract by putting them in the shadows, making the brightly illuminated hands all the more dominant.'

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