Caravaggio has been a visionary, and his art sent shockwaves through 17th century Europe. On this tour, we are going to experience his revolutionary art and get to know him intimately, following him around the neighborhood where he lived, and hearing about his escapades and adventures.
Michelangelo Merisi, called Caravaggio after his native town in northern Italy, came to Rome at the age of 20 and produced masterworks that ushered in a new era in painting.
A hotheaded man, Caravaggio led a tumultuous life. He was notorious for brawling, even in a time and place when such behavior was commonplace, and the transcripts of his police records and trial proceedings fill several pages. In his paintings, he used strong light and shade contrasts and paid close attention to the humblest aspects of everyday life, representing even saints as ordinary, vulnerable people.
Realism, a dramatic conception of faith and his unmistakable style are the features we will admire in his paintings in Santa Maria del Popolo, a church dating back to the time of the Crusades, and adorned with works by Raphael and other famous renaissance artists. Within this church, the Cerasi Chapel houses two wonderful paintings by Caravaggio, The Crucifixion of Peter and The Conversion of Paul.
We will follow the development of Caravaggio’s revolutionary style analyzing his works in Sant’Agostino, where we’ll see the Madonna of the Pilgrims and in San Luigi dei Francesi, the church of the French community in Rome. Here, 3 world-famous paintings by Caravaggio await us in the Contarelli Chapel : The Calling of Matthew, Matthew and the Angel and The Martyrdom of Matthew.