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.

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