Caravaggio: the paintings by Michelangelo Merisi

David con la testa di Golia | Caravaggio

Caravaggio, David con la testa di Golia – Galleria Borghese.

CARAVAGGIO: THE PAINTINGS BY MICHELANGELO MERISI 

Caravaggio is famous both for his adventurous life and the anguished realism of his works. His existence was a succession of works of genius and coups de theatre, conflicts with his clients, which caused even the refusal of some of his works and violent brawls.
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Caravaggio in his paintings expressed the grief and the suffering of human beings, and the realism of his works attracted a lot of followers and imitators.
Here are Caravaggio’s works you must know and where you can admire them.

BOY WITH A BASKET OF FRUIT 

Where: Galleria Borghese, Rome.

This is one of the early paintings Caravaggio did when he was working in Cavalier d’Arpino’s studio.

Caravaggio | fanciullo con canestro di frutta

Caravaggio, fanciullo con canestro di frutta

THE FORTUNE TELLER

Where: Pinacoteca Capitolina, Rome.

The painting was bought by Cardinal del Monte, because it represented a story of street life at that time, through an exchange of glance and expressions never seen before. The knight is charmed by the eyes of the gypsy woman, who steals the ring from his hand, while reading his palm.

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Buona ventura | Caravaggio

Caravaggio, Buona ventura (1593-1594) – Pinacoteca Capitolina, Roma.

THE MUSICIANS

Where: Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.

Caravaggio painted this painting when he was hosted at the Palazzo Madama by Cardinal del Monte, who was his most important client.

Concerto | Caravaggio

Caravaggio, Concerto (1595) – Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.

REST ON THE FLIGHT INTO EGYPT

Where: Galleria Doria Pamphilij, Rome.

In 1983 scholars identified the musical score painted by Caravaggio that reproduces a melody of the Flemish composer Noel Bauldewijn (1480-1529), based on the text “The Song of the Songs” (or “The Song of Solomon”).

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Riposo durante la Fuga in Egitto | Caravaggio

Caravaggio, Riposo durante la Fuga in Egitto (1595-1596) – Galleria Doria Pamphilij, Roma.

BACCO

Where: Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence.

The painting was commissioned by Cardinal del Monte and was a gift for the Grand Duke of Tuscany Ferdinando I de’Medici.

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Bacco | Caravaggio

Caravaggio, Bacco (1596-1597) – Uffizi.

BASKET OF FRUIT

Where: Pinacoteca Ambrosiana, Milan.

This is considered to be the first Italian still-life painting, a pictorial genre which had already existed, but which Caravaggio renovated and made independent.

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Caravaggio | Canestra di Frutta

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MEDUSA

Dove: Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence.

The work was a gift from Cardinal del Monte to the Grand Duke of Tuscany Ferdinando I de’Medici, who had appointed him as ambassador to Rome.

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Medusa | Caravaggio

Caravaggio, Medusa (1598) dettaglio – Uffizi, Firenze.

THE CALLING OF SAINT MATTEW

Where: Chiesa di San Luigi dei Francesi, Rome.

Housed inside the Contarelli Chapel in the Church of San Luigi dei Francesi in Rome, is Caravaggio’s first public work.

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 Vocazione di San Matteo | Caravaggio

Caravaggio, Vocazione di San Matteo (1599-1600) – Chiesa di San Luigi dei Francesi, Roma.

THE CRUCIFIXION OF SAINT PETER 

Where: Santa Maria del Popolo, Rome.

The painting was commissioned by Monsignor Cerasi and refused by his heirs when Caravaggio finished it.
So Caravaggio had to paint another version of the subject, and created a masterpiece.

Crocefissione di San Pietro | Caravaggio

Caravaggio, Crocefissione di San Pietro (1600-1601) – Santa Maria del Popolo, Roma.

THE SACRIFICE OF ISAAC

Where: Gallerie degli Uffizi, Florence.

Commissioned by Cardinal Maffeo Barberini, who would become Pope Urban VIII, the payments for the work were on the Cardinal’s list of expenses, but when Caravaggio was arrested after a charge of defamation, they were suspended. The artist finished his work while he was under house arrest.

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Sacrificio di Isacco | caravaggio

Caravaggio, Sacrificio di Isacco (1603-1604) – Uffizi, Firenze.

DEATH OF VIRGIN

Where: Louvre Museum, Paris.

This is the largest painting Caravaggio ever painted and the subject is too realistic. He was accused of having used a prostitute to represent the Virgin Mary.

 

 

 

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