Day 844: Caravaggio

During a little down time at the Antarctic research station, Laetitia led a tour in Rome that focused on the paintings of Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio.  During his brief career (1593-1606), this Baroque painter profoundly influenced later artists with his innovative uses of light and other techniques to capture physical reality and emotion.  He went about armed with a sword or knife and often got into fights, some lethal.  After killing a man in a brawl, he had to flee from Rome.  He died in exile under mysterious circumstances while awaiting a pardon.

Laetitia needed to be selective.  There are more than ten places in Rome that have Caravaggio paintings.  Her tour began at the Pinacoteca Vaticana.  This museum of the Vatican’s paintings is a treasure that is often overlooked by tourists.  Afterwards they went to the Church of San Luigi dei Francesi and Museo E Galleria Borghese.

Apropos to his life filled with strife
Caravaggio carried a knifeé
When he came to Rome broke
In the midst of Baroque
And left us his scenes and still life.

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