Episode 279 - Caravaggio: Back to Black
Rebuilding The Renaissance
by Rocky Ruggiero
2d ago
After having been invested into the Knights of Malta and producing two of his most beautiful paintings while he was on the island, Caravaggio finally seemed to have cleaned up his act. But, on the night of August 28, 1608, Caravaggio was involved in a near fatal assault on a superior officer and imprisoned. After a daring escape from Malta, Caravaggio now found himself a fugitive from justice twice over. Discover what went wrong in this episode ..read more
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Episode 277 - Caravaggio’s “Sleeping Cupid”
Rebuilding The Renaissance
by Rocky Ruggiero
2w ago
Caravaggio, still a fugitive from justice, left Naples for Malta in the second half of 1607 most likely because the sensational paintings he produced in Naples were drawing too much attention to him. When he arrived in Malta, he was inducted into the brotherhood and apparently changed his ways. One of the paintings that he produced while in Malta was his beautiful “Sleeping Cupid,” (today in the Pitti Palace in Florence, Italy) which reminded its patron of his vow of chastity ..read more
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Episode 276 - Caravaggio’s “Madonna of the Rosary”
Rebuilding The Renaissance
by Rocky Ruggiero
3w ago
Painted in 1607 while Caravaggio was in Naples, Italy, trying to elude the long arm of papal law for the murder he committed in Rome, the “Madonna of the Rosary” is Caravaggio’s most standard Baroque painting. While the patron is unknown, curiously, the painting went up for sale a few months after being completed perhaps indicating an unsatisfied client ..read more
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Episode 275 - Caravaggio’s “Flagellation”
Rebuilding The Renaissance
by Rocky Ruggiero
1M ago
Located in the Capodimonte Museum in Naples, Italy, Caravaggio painted the “Flagellation” in 1607 while he was hiding out in Naples because he was wanted for murder in Rome. The “Flagellation” is dramatically sadistic scene of imminent torture set – like so many of Caravaggio’s paintings - in a dark shallow theatrical space ..read more
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Episode 274 - Caravaggio’s “Seven Acts of Mercy”
Rebuilding The Renaissance
by Rocky Ruggiero
1M ago
When Caravaggio arrived in Naples as a fugitive on the run from papal justice in 1606, he immediately began to receive commissions. One of his first was for a charitable organization called the “Pio Monte della Misericordia.” This organization had just built a church with seven altars upon which seven separate paintings illustrating the “Seven Acts of Mercy” were to be placed. In true impetuous Caravaggio fashion, he produced a single beautiful painting that represented all seven acts ..read more
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Episode 273 - Answers to Open Questions XX
Rebuilding The Renaissance
by Rocky Ruggiero
1M ago
From similar faces in the Scrovegni Chapel, to identifying Judas in Veronese’s “Feast in the House of Levi,” to the symbolic gestures of the apostles in Caravaggio’s “Supper at Emmaus,” to the “Isleworth Mona Lisa,” to my advice to a young person about life and much, much more - this episode answers the very questions that you ask me about the great art, artists and history of the Italian Renaissance – and the meaning of life ..read more
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Episode 272 - Caravaggio’s “David with the Head of Goliath”
Rebuilding The Renaissance
by Rocky Ruggiero
1M ago
Painted shortly after Caravaggio killed a man in Rome and was a fugitive from justice, the “David with the Head of Goliath” is today located in the Borghese Gallery in Rome, Italy. The painting was given to Cardinal Scipione Borghese in hopes that he could convince his uncle, Pope Paul V, to pardon Caravaggio who was wanted dead or alive ..read more
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Episode 270 - Caravaggio: Wanted Dead or Alive
Rebuilding The Renaissance
by Rocky Ruggiero
2M ago
O May 28, 1606, Caravaggio stabbed and killed a man named Ranuccio Tommasoni in Rome, allegedly over an unpaid wager. Discover the details of the homicide that changed Caravaggio’s life forever and turned him into a fugitive from justice ..read more
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Episode 269 - Caravaggio’s St. Jerome (Borghese Gallery)
Rebuilding The Renaissance
by Rocky Ruggiero
2M ago
In 1605, Caravaggio painted an image of St. Jerome for Cardinal Scipione Borghese, and the painting is still located in the Borghese Gallery in Rome, Italy. Caravaggio’s depiction of the Father of the Church is a very quiet and intimate one, where we see a scholar in a sparsely furnished room consumed with the enormous task of translating the Hebrew Bible into Latin ..read more
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Episode 268 - Caravaggio’s “Madonna of the Palafrenieri”
Rebuilding The Renaissance
by Rocky Ruggiero
2M ago
Painted in 1605 for the chapel of the Papal grooms, known as “Palafrenieri,” in the new Basilica of St. Peter, Caravaggio’s painting was removed after only a few days because it was considered indecorous. The stark nudity of the Christ Child, the bulging breasts of the Virgin Mary (who was modeled from a well-known prostitute!) and the unflattering representation of St. Anne (patron saint of the grooms) were most likely the reasons the painting was thought to be inappropriate for the most important church in the Catholic world ..read more
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