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Caravaggio-Head of Medusa

Head of Medusa, 1595 -1600 Oil on a specially prepared shield covered with leather, 60 x 55 cm Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence ` This time Caravaggio did not paint a standard picture-surface, but a convex ceremonial shield. This shield from the Medici armory was a  decorative accompaniment to a suit of armor which Shah Abbas of  Persia had presented to the Grand-duke of Tuscany. The myt h of  Perseus, who cuts  [ Read More ]

David with the Head of Goliath is a painting by the Italian artist Caravaggio. David is depicted against a deep black background as a kind of ideal portrait. He is holding the head of Goliath, whom he has felled with hissling. Accordingly, he will be presented to the virgins of Jerusalem, and then to King Saul. Yet Caravaggio shows us a melancholy hero, who looks at the chopped-off head with a  [ Read More ]

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