Oct 14, 2014

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Caravaggio: The brush and the sword

Caravaggio: The brush and the sword

Caravaggio: The brush and the sword – a tour to discover one of world’s greatest and most mysterious artists.

His paintings are characterized by a remarkable, almost photographic realism. Masterful use of light and shadow creates incredible illusion of space and depth. The characters of his works are not “flat” on the canvas, but are rather physical creatures invading our realm

Michelangelo Merisi, this was his real name originated from Milan but as many young artists to pursue fame he moved to Rome. Life in Rome was not easy on a unknown painter so at first Caravaggio had to come down on some compromise. Initially he worked for the painter Cavalier d’Arpino. But two different and extremely ambitious men did not get along and shortly Caravaggio was on his own, but not for long…

After having abandoned “Il Cavaliere” Caravaggio met his soon to be protector the cardinal del Monte and so his carrier swiftly took off. With the help of the powerful cardinal commissions started to roll in also from the official church.

The first public commission were three paintings for the French church of S. Luigi. Caravaggio was to paint three scenes from the life of the Evangelist Matthew…two of the paintings were a success but the third was refused. Why? You’ll find out on the tour.

Even though his work gave him access to the highest classes of society his dark soul drove him to rather spend time with those living on the margins. He often participated in street battles and lived in constant conflict with the law. In fact almost everything we know about his life in Rome originates from the police chronicles…

On the tour you’ll learn all about Caravaggio’s adventurous life. You’ll visit important sights related to the artist and you’ll enter the churches, which still hold his wonderful paintings.

Guided tour Caravaggio – The brush and the sword itinerary: Church of San Luigi dei Francesi, church of St. Augustine, church of Mary of the people and upon request the Borghese Gallery which houses the largest collection of Caravaggio’s paintings.

Time of the tour: 3/5 hours.

Admission fees: Borghese Gallery 13 euros per adult, EU citizens between 18 and 25 years old 11,50 euro per person, and children under 18 years of age pay 2 euros per person.

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