Scipione Borghese was an Italian Cardinal as well as being a patron of Caravaggio. Born Scipione Caffarelli, the avid art collector, had his education funded by his maternal uncle, Camillo Borghese. Camillo was elected Pope Paul V in 1605 and quickly offered Scipione a position as Cardinal as well as the right to use the name Borghese and the family coat of arms. As the secretary of the Pope and the appointed superintendent general of the Papal States, Cardinal Borghese found himself in a position of great power and had access to great wealth. The Pope entrusted his nephew with managing the finances of the papacy as well as of …..
In 1606, Caravaggio fled to Naples from Rome after killing a man. While seeking safety with the Colonna family in Naples, Caravaggio earned a commission which would later prove to be one of his most defining works, The Seven Works of Mercy (Sette Opere di Misericordia). Caravaggio planned to create seven separate panels to depict the seven works, or acts, of mercy however, he instead combined all the acts into one composition. Six of the acts of mercy are from the Biblical book of Matthew and the seventh act is from the book of Tobias: “For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you …..
You wouldn’t typically think of revolutionary naturalist painter, Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio, as being one of the artists to inspire today’s modern fashion choices. However, Caravaggio’s work is an inspiration to today’s painter Christopher Rico and in a discussion with fashion expert Mary Jo Matsumoto he explains his love of Caravaggio and Mary Jo in turn creates a dramatic outfit inspired by Caravaggio’s work. Read the discussion in the post, Art Inspired: The Entombment of Christ.