The Crucifixion of Saint Andrew, 1606-7. Creator: Caravaggio (Italian, 1571-1610)
The Crucifixion of Saint Andrew, 1606-7. Saint Andrew's efforts to introduce Christianity to Greece in the first century AD were met with hostility from local authorities. He was sentenced to die on the cross because he refused to acknowledge pagan gods. For two days, Andrew preached from his martyr's station to an increasingly sympathetic crowd. Bowing to public demand, Andrew's would-be executioners attempted to untie him, but their hands were mysteriously paralyzed. Andrew's desire for martyrdom was thus fulfilled and he died enveloped in divine light. Caravaggio's innovative interpretation involves the viewer more closely in the event by presenting the crucifixion as intimate and private, rather than as a gruesome public spectacle. Bold contrasts of light and dark suggest the presence of God. A masterpiece of Baroque painting, Caravaggio's Crucifixion of Saint Andrew is the only altarpiece by the artist in America.
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Boy with Vegetables
Boy with Vegetables. Ceruti, Giacomo 1698-1767. Born in Milan, Ceruti trained there and absorbed the north Italian interest in still-life painting associated with the work of Caravaggio. In northern Italy during the eighteenth century a fashion developed for paintings of peasants and beggars. Ceruti developed this genre by incorporating still-life details of game and vegetables and giving his peasants a new sense of dramatic solemnity. His work earned him the nick-name ?il pitocchetto? the painter of beggars. In 1721 Ceruti moved to Brescia where he produced an important early series of beggar and pilgrim scenes depicting the ragged poor that were quite unlike any previous representations of the genre. Ceruti?s Brescian beggar scenes are large in scale and devoid of the comic and anecdotal qualities usually associated with this style of painting. This late work is one of a pair of possible ?over ?doors? in which Ceruti returns to his early theme of ?portaroli? or basket-carriers. Date:
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Saint Francis in Meditation, c1608-1610
Saint Francis in Meditation, c1608-1610. Found in the Collection of Galleria Nazionale d'Arte Antica, Rome.
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