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Sunday, October 23, 2011

Caravaggio


Lute Player
c. 1595
Oil on canvas
94 × 119 cm (37 × 46.9 in)
The Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg
http://www.hermitagemuseum.org/

Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio (1571 – 1610) was an Italian artist.
Caravaggio's method was to use "a strong light from above with a single window and the walls painted black, so that having the lights bright and the shadows dark, it gives depth to the painting, but with a method that is not natural nor done or thought of by any other century or older painters like Raphael, Titian, Correggio and others."

The Lute Player exists in three versions, one in the Wildenstein Collection, another in the Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg and a third from Badminton House, Gloucestershire.
All show a boy with soft facial features and thick brown hair, accompanying himself on the lute as he sings a madrigal about love.
The visible text reads in part: "Vous savez que je vous aime et vous adore...Je fus vôtre." ("You know I love you and adore you...I was yours").