The Battle of Cascina occurred between Florence and it’s rival, Pisa, on July 28, 1364. In the autumn of 1504, The Republic of Florence commissioned Michelangelo to create a fresco memorializing the victorious battle. Michelangelo’s fresco was to be hung in the new Florentine State Hall, the Palazzo Vecchio, opposite a fresco by Leonardo da Vinci depicting the Battle of Anghiari. Unfortunately neither Michelangelo nor da Vinci completed their battle scenes and the grand project was never realized. Some say da Vinci experienced technical difficulties, others that he was called away; Michelangelo was distracted from the work when he received an urgent summons from Pope Julius II. Michelangelo working from …..
Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio arrived in Malta on July 12, 1607 after being forced to flee Naples for once again causing trouble. It is believed he might have traveled to Malta with the Knights of Malta’s galley squadron which were commanded by Fabrizio Sforza Colonna, the son of the Marquis of Caravaggio. Malta was the headquarters for the Knights of Malta, Order of St. John, and according to Caravaggio’s early biographers the artist immediately began painting portraits of the highest ranking Knights including Alof de Wignacourt, the Grand Master. Caravaggio’s Portrait of Alof de Wignacourt and his Page portrays the Grand Master in his shiny formal black and gold Milanese …..
In February of 1888, Post-Impressionist artist Vincent van Gogh rented rooms in a small yellow house on the Place Lamartine in the provincial town of Arles in Southern France. It was Van Gogh’s dream to start a Studio of the South, a colony where artists would be able to work in collaboration. In a letter to his brother, Theo, in early May, after becoming situated in the Yellow House, Van Gogh expressed an interest to have someone join him in the studio, perhaps friend and fellow artist, Paul Gauguin. Gauguin was open to the idea though it took him some time to finally arrive, which raised the anxiety level of …..