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Caravaggio (1573 - 1610)

Amor Victorious (1602-03) - Caravaggio


Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio (September 28, 1573 July 18, 1610), usually called Caravaggio after his hometown near Milan, was an Italian Baroque painter, whose large religious works portrayed saints and other biblical figures as ordinary people. Though his paintings were controversial in the church, the weathly people purchased them for their drama, their spectacular technical accomplishment, their startling originality, and even their brazen homoeroticism. Though his life (1571 -1610) nearly coincides with that of William Shakespeare (1564 - 1616), their two worlds were distinctly different. --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michelangelo_Merisi [Jul 2005]

Amor Victorious (1602-03) - Caravaggio

In 1601 Caravaggio painted the "Love Triumphant," for the collection of the Marquis Vincenzo Giustiniani. The latter is reputed to have kept it hidden behind a curtain to show only to his friends, as it was seen as a blatant celebration of sodomy. --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Erotic_art#Modern_erotica [Jan 2005]


Medusa (1598-99) - Caravaggio

Judith Beheading Holofernes (1598) - Caravaggio

Judith Beheading Holofernes (c. 1598) - Caravaggio (1573-1610)

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