I read recently in an article (I’ll dig it up!) about how hundreds of people each year go to Italy to see the great works of art. There’s such a tour that many visitors to Italy do each year in Tuscany of the works of Piero della Francesca (known as the Piero Tour), an enigmatic artist from the Italian Renaissance.
Why not do the same thing in Rome?
One of my personal favorite tours of Rome is to travel through the city to see original paintings by Caravaggio in the various chapels and museums. I’ve been compiling a list of all of Caravaggio’s works in Rome. Accompanying this list will be a map with a walking tour that will outline a path through the city so that you can see these excellent works of art.
Caravaggio is one of the most important artists of the Italian Baroque is should not be missed on your next trip to Rome. He was known for using commoners on the streets and people of low economic means as models for his paintings and portraits. Caravaggio’s embrace of the masses and their appearance in many of his works propel his works in a way that gives them energy and presence that his contemporaries often lack. His models always look as if they are ‘performing’ for their audience! Caravaggio is also known for his use of tenebroso – the dark background and the bright foreground, almost as if the subjects of his painting are on a stage (theatrics is a hallmark of the Baroque). Quite innovative and later copied by other artists, notably the celebrated Dutch painter, Rembrandt.
pictured: Caravaggio’s ‘The Conversion of Saint Paul’, 1600-1601, Cerasi Chapel, Santa Maria del Popolo in Rome – courtesty of Artchive.