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CaptionCaravaggio. Self-Portrait as Sick Bacchus. c.1593-1594. Oil on canvas. Galleria Borghese Rome Italy ***** Caravaggio [1573 - 1610] was notorious for his reckless private life and his provocative nature as a painter. His paintings today are still alive with the high drama of his days and the stories he portrayed. Once the Church asked Caravaggio to paint a Madonna. When he finished the painting the Church would not accept it. They said the Madonna has no decorum as she is not wearing any sandals and besides he used prostitutes for his models. But Caravaggio was not perturbed he said 'It does not matter if the Church does not want my painting. I shall put it on the streets and let the people decide for themselves'. The people just went wild about his paintings. ***** What continues to hold our attention is the work itself which in its time represented the culmination of technical innovations begun 200 years earlier in the Renaissance. The art of representation has never surpassed the best of Caravaggio's work and it towered over the work of his contemporaries in a way that sent shock waves throughout Europe waves that are felt to this day ***** More about Caravaggio and images at link below
HeadlineCaravaggio. Self-Portrait as Sick Bacchus
KeywordsBacchus 10000PlusViews
Copyright NoticeCaravaggio [1573 - 1610] at wikipedia
Byline (Photographer)Caravaggio
URLhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michelangelo_Merisi
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