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    A Portrait of Caravaggio

    Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio (September 28, 157118 July 1610) was an Italian artist active in Rome, Naples, Malta and Sicily between 1593 and 1610..  .

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    A Documentary  of Caravaggio     by Robert Hughes made in(1975)            

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    Even in his own lifetime Caravaggio was considered enigmatic, fascinating, rebellious and dangerous. He burst upon the Rome art scene in 1600, and thereafter never lacked for commissions or patrons.


    A Documentary  of Caravaggio     by Robert Hughes made in(1975)            

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    Yet he handled his success atrociously. An early published notice on him, dating from 1604 and describing his lifestyle some three years previously, tells how "after a fortnight's work he will swagger about for a month or two with a sword at his side and a servant following him, from one ball-court to the next, ever ready to engage in a fight or an argument, so that it is most awkward to get along with him.


    A Documentary  of Caravaggio     by Robert Hughes made in(1975)   

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     In 1606 he killed a young man in a brawl and fled from Rome with a price on his head. In Malta in 1608 he was involved in another brawl, and yet another in Naples in 1609, possibly a deliberate attempt on his life by unidentified enemies. By the next year, after a career of little more than a decade, he was dead.



    A Documentary  of Caravaggio     by Robert Hughes made in(1975)   

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    Huge new churches and palazzi were being built in Rome in the decades of the late 16th and early 17th centuries, and paintings were needed to fill them. The Counter-Reformation Church searched for authentic religious art with which to counter the threat of Protestantism, and for this task the artificial conventions  which had ruled art for almost a century, no longer seemed adequate.


    A Documentary  of Caravaggio     by Robert Hughes made in(1975)   

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      Caravaggio's novelty was a radical naturalism which combined close physical observation with a an extremely clearly affect of the soul underlying the characters and their actions.His approach to contrast,through the dynamics of structural proportion,implied action,and bold coloration was..and is...forever unique 




    A Documentary  of Caravaggio     by Robert Hughes made in(1975)   

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    A Documentary  of Caravaggio     by Robert Hughes made in(1975)   

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    Finale



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