Sunday, April 26, 2015

Caravaggio's Violence and Passion

A detailed and insightful lecture yesterday by Dr. Efrat El-Hanany called "The Art of Caravaggio: Violence and Passion in the Age of Baroque." I presented Dr. El-Hanany a copy of Caravaggio: Signed in Blood, which she has promised to read . . . just as soon as she finishes marking 100 student papers! (Sound familiar, teachers?)

Dr. Efrat El-Hanany teaches Art History at Capilano University.

My takeaway highlight: Dr. Hanany showed us how the criticism by Caravaggio's contemporaries, like Baglione, that he had no appreciation for the masters of painting was clearly false. He not only studied them, but incorporated their motifs and symbols and molded them according to his own style and purpose. In other words, he did what all great artists do.

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Caravaggio Meme #1

So I've created this poster/meme featuring a quote from my novel, along with what I would consider a relevant, thematically connected painting by Caravaggio. This painting does not actually appear in the book, but the mixture of Bacchus' mischief, his disdain for the opinions of others, and the pallor of illness make for a disturbingly inviting portrait, and give you a sense of Caravaggio's character as I have imagined him. This painting, known as Young Sick Bacchus, is dated 1593, about a year after Caravaggio first arrived in Rome.