PhotoLog: Baroque

July 6, 2016

Baroque art is eye candy laced with steroids. Appropriate descriptors include:  grandeur, sensuous richness, contortion, drama, vitality, movement, tension, exuberance . . . Caravaggio.  Yes, Caravaggio! Caravaggio lived in Malta after he fled Rome to avoid being tried for murder.  Once in Malta, he was knighted and led a relatively calm life as the official painter of the Knights of the Order of St. John of Jerusalem.  But within a year, his rambunciousness re-emerged and he got into a nasty fight with another knight.  This led to Caravaggio being stripped of his titles and forced to escape both jail and Malta.  


I was lucky enought to visit St. John's Co-Cathedral in Valletta, Malta, to experience a showcase of 17th century Baroque art form/era in all of its glory!  Given the story above, I suppose it isn't strange that St. John's houses two of Caravaggio's paintings, the most famous being  "The Beheading of St. John the Baptist."  The Beheading is Caravaggio's  largest (350 x 570 cm) and only signed painting, so it is quite a treat to see in person.  Within the enclave of the painting display, a strict "no photographs" rule is enforced.


St. Paul's Cathedral, Mdina, Malta






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