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Caravaggio: The Earthly and the Divine Part 1

As the year 1600 approaches, the city of Rome is in political and religious turmoil.  Michelangelo Merisi, known as Caravaggio, emerged against this backdrop of ruthless intrigue as the most innovative and famous painter of his generation.  Caravaggio’s paintings of mythological figures and Biblical events – along with his murderous temperament – cast him as genius, heretic and criminal.

Join art historian Ben Glenn II for this free, two-part lecture series exploring the art of Caravaggio – including recently discovered/attributed works – whose unforgettable imagery has the power to both enrapture and shock even today.

Part One:  “A Cardinal Prodigy”
Thursday, October 5
6:30pm – 8:00pm

Born in the northern Italian province of Lombardy, the young Caravaggio journeys to Rome where he takes the city by storm with his electrifying paintings commissioned by some of the city’s wealthiest patrons.  But trouble is looming, as the artist’s temper and late-night street brawls grow increasingly violent.


Thursday, October 5, 2017
6:30pm - 8:00pm
Handley Library
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