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Caravaggio-Backet of Fruit

Backet of Fruit Oil on canvas, 31 x 47 cm Pinacoteca Ambrosiana, Milan A woven fruit-basket, placed on a simple brown line rather than a badly painted table-top, rises towards the viewer. As well as grapes and figs, we can see a lemon, a pear, an apple and a peach. Against the yellow background, which is reminiscent of a distempered wall, the arrangement stands out principally because the leaves have  [ Read More ]

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 ]

Sick Bacchus, or Satyr with Grapes, 1592 -1593 Oil on canvas, 67 x 53 cm Museo Galleria Borghese, Rome Behind a dull greenish slab, on which two peaches and a bunch of brilliantly black grapes lie, a half-naked youth is crouching. A crown of ivy-leaves – nor vine leaves – is woven into his hair. His face, which he has turned towards the viewer, looks greenish, as does his whole  [ Read More ]

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