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The Nativity with St. Francis and St. Lawrence by Caravaggio

In 1609, Caravaggio returned to Naples from Palmero where he spent several months recovering from a fight in which he had been injured and waiting for the Pope to issue him a pardon so he could return to Rome. It is believed that it was here that Caravaggio created his large altarpiece, Nativity with St. Francis and St. Lawrence. The painting depicts the infant Christ child on a pile of hay while a weary Mary looks on with an angel overhead and surrounded by men, one of whom we assume to be Joseph. One of the other men is St. Francis of Assisi standing behind the family in his brown …..

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Caravaggio’s Bacchus

In Roman mythology Bacchus was the god of wine, intoxication, madness and ecstasy, equivalent to the Greek mythological god, Dionysus. In his early years of painting, Caravaggio created two paintings of the mythological being, Young Sick Bacchus and Bacchus. The painting titled Bacchus (c.1596), currently held at the Uffizi Gallery, in Florence, Italy, was painted shortly after Caravaggio entered the house of Cardinal del Monte. The Cardinal had commissioned some 40 paintings from Caravaggio and Bacchus might have been one of them. Many of the paintings Caravaggio created during this time period were of adolescent boys. Bacchus depicts a young teenaged Bacchus reclining on his elbow and draped in a …..

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Caravaggio’s Earliest Known Work – Boy Peeling Fruit

The earliest known work by Italian Baroque master Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio is Boy Peeling Fruit.  The painting was created in Caravaggio’s first years in Rome and is dated c.1592-1593.  Several copies of the painting exist, most copies derived from Caravaggio’s original, but it is believed that the original is now part of the British Royal Collection.  Many of the copies have been labeled as being created by Caravaggio. It is unclear exactly when the painting was created. Some believe it might have been painted while Caravaggio stayed with Monsignor Pandulfo Pucci in the Palazzo Colonna or perhaps later when he was working for Giuseppe Cesari.  Boy Peeling Fruit would …..

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