Caravaggio Bumps Michelangelo from “Top of the Charts”

In a brief follow-up to a recent post, check out this neat article from the New York Times analyzing the rising popularity of the Italian Renaissance artist Caravaggio (1571-1610).  Author Michael Kimmelman attributes increased interest in Caravaggio to identification of the latter with the modern anti-hero (the great artist had a very sordid personal life) and the accessibility of his style to current tastes. 

If you’re interested in art in general, please remember we’ve got plenty resources for you at Greensboro Public Library, especially at the Hemphill Branch Library on West Vandalia, as well as at the Central Library in downtown Greensboro.

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2 Responses

  1. […] As for the artist’s personal life, not much is known, despite his status among contemporary art historians.  But the combination of his stylistic influence, the mystery surrounding his life, and the sordid character of many of the episodes which have in fact been documented — Caravaggio was often in trouble with the authorities and may even have been murdered — has created a mystique which in some quarters at least is now believed to exceed that even of Michelangelo.  […]

  2. While I can’t dispute Caravaggio’s incredible technique and revolutionizing power, he in no way deserves to replace Michelangelo from the top. While Caravaggio is a painter only, Michelangelo didn’t even see himself as a painter, but a sculptor–and his paintings are still of better quality and mythicisiam than Caravaggio’s! I was deeply disturbed to read this article and hope that art historians feel the same way.

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