Diary from Roma, Italy. 3rd Episode: Caravaggio’s painting studio and its secrets

All the places, the magic, the secrets no tour guide will ever show you.

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Diary from Roma, Italy: Caravaggio painting studio in Vicolo del Divino Amore
Diary from Roma, Italy: Caravaggio painting studio in Vicolo del Divino Amore
Roma, Vicolo del Divino Amore: where the Caravaggio’s painting studio was
Diary from Roma: Caravaggio’s painting studio and its secrets
Diary from Roma: Caravaggio’s painting studio and its secrets
Caravaggio: “La vocazione di San Matteo”, Church of San Luigi dei Francesi, Roma, 1599 Oil on Canvas, cm 322x340 (We can admire the light ray going down diagonally from the right angle on top to the left angle on bottom)
Diary from Roma, Italy: Caravaggio’s painting studio and its secrets. Giuditta e Oloferne by Caravaggio
Diary from Roma, Italy: Caravaggio’s painting studio and its secrets. Giuditta e Oloferne by Caravaggio
Caravaggio “Giuditta e Oloferne” Galleria Nazionale di Arte Antica, Roma, 1597 Oil on Canvas cm 145x195.
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Artemisia Gentileschi “Giuditta che decapita Oloferne” Museo Nazionale, Capodimonte, 1612 Oil on Canvas cm 158.8x125.5. Artemisia portrays herself in Giuditta.
Diary from Roma, Italy: Caravaggio’s painting studio and its secrets. La Madonna dei Pellegrini, photo by Laura Salvinelli
Diary from Roma, Italy: Caravaggio’s painting studio and its secrets. La Madonna dei Pellegrini, photo by Laura Salvinelli
Caravaggio: “La Madonna dei Pellegrini” Church of Sant’Agostino, Roma, 1603 Oil on Canvas, cm 260x150
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Lena beauty and carnality
Diary from Roma, Italy: Caravaggio’s painting studio and its secrets. La Madonna dei Pellegrini, feet detail
Diary from Roma, Italy: Caravaggio’s painting studio and its secrets. La Madonna dei Pellegrini, feet detail
Caravaggio, La Madonna dei Pellegrini: feet detail
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Caravaggio: “La Decollazione di San Giovanni Battista” Malta, 1608, Oil on Canvas (361x520 cm, the biggest painting made by Caravaggio) The painter, who was condemned to death by beheading in Roma, had to run away to Malta where the Malta knights gave him the Malta Cross honor and their protection. In return, he made an awesome painting for them, another beheading. This is the only painting he ever signed, and his sign, Michelangelo, was coming from the blood of S.Giovanni’s head, almost dead. As soon as Caravaggio finished his opera, the Malta knights dismissed him by the Order and by their protection too, and the Artist had to escape again.
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Caravaggio “Davide con la testa di Golia” Galleria Borghese, Roma, 1609 Oil on Canvas cm 125x100. Caravaggio was living his last months in Naples, hoping to get a full pardon from authorities. He painted another beheading and, as an act of contrition he painted his self-portrait in the head cut off of the defeated giant Goliah, and he wrote on David’s blade “H-AS OS” meaning “Humilitas Occidit Superbiam” (S.Agostino), humility destroys arrogance.
Diary from Roma, Italy: Caravaggio’s painting studio and its secret. Street art tribute
Diary from Roma, Italy: Caravaggio’s painting studio and its secret. Street art tribute
Caravaggio’s portrait made by Street Artist. It’s been damaged by thugs, by I’m pretty sure Caravaggio liked thugs.

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