Sunday, July 15, 2012

rome post: san luigi dei francesi & caravaggio.

the great thing about rome is that pretty much everywhere you turn
there is something really awesome to look at. you don't even really
have to try, or plan out some complicated itinerary. you just walk
in a straight line from your hotel & it just happens. with that in mind,
let's take a brief stop in at the san luigi dei francesi. normally, there
wouldn't be anything TOO earth-shattering about this place. it is
a catholic church, & in rome, catholic churches are pretty much
on every corner. you could hop from rooftop to rooftop of only
catholic churches & never touch the ground (does that analogy
make sense...?). anyways, the thing that sets san luigi dei francesi
apart is that it houses three magnificent paintings by caravaggio.

caravaggio is simply an amazing painter, perhaps one of my
favorites, but man oh man was he a PASSIONATE tuna.
getting thrown into prison, brawling, killing people, having a
warrant for his death from the pope, pages & pages of criminal
records...caravaggio did it all. wikipedia provides a quote about
him, from 1604: "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." i mean, i KNOW, right? such a tempestuous guy. so the
fact that he was one of the greatest baroque painters makes him...pretty
awesome actually. so it was fun to see some of his most famous works.
check out the way he uses bright light & shadow to work against each other:








some of you might find this art stuff boring, some of you might not.
i'll take my chances!

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