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CaptionPortrait of a Knight of Malta. c.1608. Oil on canvas. Palazzo Pitti Florence Italy. ***** Caravaggio came to Malta in 1606 probably serving a penal sentence on one of the Order's galleys. He found favor with the Order and in the Oratorium itself he was allowed to join this elite Order. He was very proud of the fact so much so that the beheading of St John is the only one signed by Caravaggio. There is an 'F' in the blood coming out of the blood of the head of St John. He signed 'F' because being a religious order they called each other Frate which means brother. Caravaggio was not his real name. His real name was Michelangelo Merisi or Merissi from Caravaggio which is a little town outside Milan where he was born. His father was an architect and he was not poor either like many people think. Caravaggio came after the Renaissance where everything had to be perfect and everyone had to be beautiful and well-clad. This Caravaggio felt did not show the real soul of the artist. ***** Caravaggio also started what in Italian is known as 'luce di cantina' that is 'the light of the cellars'. This means he uses a strong light to focus the main point or points and all the picture is built round this light. Caravaggio created three paintings while he was in Malta. ***** Learn more about this angry master by clicking throughbelow to 'A Brush with Caravaggio' by Tom Haines for The Boston Globe on Sun July 14 2002
HeadlinePortrait of a Knight of Malta. & Caravaggio on Malta
KeywordsKnights_of_St_John
Copyright Noticec.1608 by Caravaggio & maltavista.net
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