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.
Francesco Maria del Monte was an Italian Cardinal and diplomat in the late 1500s with a desire to one day be Pope. He was an avid art lover and is now best known as an early patron of Baroque artist Caravaggio. His art collection, the Del Monte Collection, contained nearly 600 pieces upon his death. An art dealer brought Caravaggio’s work, The Cardsharps, to the attention of Cardinal Del Monte around 1595. He purchased the work along with Caravaggio’s The Fortune Teller. This was a defining moment for Caravaggio who was then hired by Del Monte and his wealthy art-loving circle to execute a number of chamber-pieces. Caravaggio was also …..