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