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Anguissola, Three Sisters Playing Chess and Phillip II of Spain

Beckmann, Departure; Self-Portrait in Tuxedo; Sinking of Titanic

Bingham, Fur Traders Descending the Missouri

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Caravaggio, Young, Sick Bacchus and Basket of Fruit

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Diebenkorn, The Ocean Park Series

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Durer, The Four Apostles

El Greco, Burial of Count Orgaz

FontanaPortrait of a Noblewoman

Frankenthaler, Color Field Painting and Mountains and Sea

Gainsborough, The Blue Boy

Gentileschi, Artemisia.  Judith Beheading Holofernes

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Isenheim Altarpiece

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Caravaggio, Fashion, and Art History

  
  
  

An art history blog post from Famous Paintings Reviewed.

Vagaries in the fashion world are too numerous to catalog, yet we imagine that art caravaggio musicianshistory is immune from such trendiness. Given the widespread adulation for Caravaggio paintings (a phenomenon ARTNews described as "Caravaggio mania"), it's informative to realize that art history, like fashion, DOES dictate what is and isn't famous

Caravaggio, The Musicians.  Oil on canvas, ca. 1595.  36 1/4" by 46 5/8".  Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.

Our beloved Caravaggio is a case in point.

While details are scant about Carvaggio's brief lifetime (1571-1610), it is known that he was born in Milan, where he trained with the painter Simone Peterzano. While his contemporaries followed an academic approach to painting - apprenticing in workshops; drawing ancient sculptures;  copying famous painters of the past - Caravaggio opted instead to paint reality "from nature".  

Some of these earliest Caravaggio paintings are Boy With a Basket of Fruit and The Cardsharps (or The Fortune Teller, below). His masterful handling of light and dark, or chiascuro, defines his style; his secular and religious paintings were in high demand during his lifetime. 

caravaggio cardsharpsWho would have foreseen that Caravaggio would tumble into art history obscurity for the next three centuries? After his untimely death

Caravaggio, The Cardsharps.  Oil on canvas, 1595 - 96. Approximately 36" by 50".  Kimbell Art Museum, Fort Worth, Texas.

in 1610, believed to be from malaria, art critics pounced.  Disdain from the Bolognese painter, Francesco Albani - who oddly speaks of himself in the third person - was typical:

"He never could suffer those who followed Caravaggio, perceiving that this manner is the precipice and total ruin of the most noble and accomplished art of painting, because, although his mere imitation of nature is partly commendable, it was destined to nonetheless engender all those evils that have ensued in the past forty years."

Ouch.

After 300 years in the dustbin of art history, how did Caravaggio become rehabilitated, entrenched now in the ranks of indisputably famous painters?

I'd cite these main factors:

  • the art historian, Roberto Longhi (1890-1970) penned in 1928 - 1934 a series of articles about Caravaggio paintings, proclaiming his talent to fellow art historians and thereby stimulating research;

  • in 1951, Longhi cataloged a landmark Milan exhibition of Caravaggisti and Caravaggio paintings;

  • Walter Friedlander wrote a highly flattering book, Caravaggio Studies in 1955;

  • gender studies in the 1970s, which, as ARTnews notes, fostered speculation about Caravaggio's sexuality; and

  • the Metropolitan's 1985 exhibition,"The Age of Caravaggio", introduced Caravaggio to the U.S. public. 

It's stunning enough that female artists with established reputations like Judith Leyster and Lavinia Fontana slipped into art history oblivion - but Caravaggio, too? Breathtaking.

I bet he won't disappear into the shadows of art history ever again. Meanwhile, I'm wondering which popular modern artists will be soon regarded as trends, and which other famous painters in art history will be discovered.  Or re-discovered...





Comments

Interesting post! Although I see where you are coming from, I would probably also stress that Caravaggio did hold influence for painters in the 18th and 19th centuries. Even painters like and Manet can be linked to Caravaggio (which is something that Roberto Longhi points out). 
 
Do you know the date of when Francesco Albani made that statement? (I would be interested in knowing the source as well, for my personal files.) Although he obviously expresses his distaste for Caravaggio, Albani also mentions that Caravaggio's art held influence for over forty years (which is true: in the 16th century Caravaggio's art influenced the Utrecht Caravaggisti, Rubens, Vermeer, etc.).
Posted @ Wednesday, February 16, 2011 6:32 PM by M
Most interesting review...I'm not quite a Caravaggio maniac, but I do so enjoy his work. It really is staggering, as you intimated, that his works were forgotten for centuries. Thank you for this entry; I was informed!
Posted @ Thursday, February 17, 2011 6:07 PM by Becky Guinn
"Meanwhile, I'm wondering which modern artists truly are trends, and which other famous painters in art history will be discovered. Or re-discovered..." 
 
My hope is that some day more note will be taken of Amadeo Modigliani. He was an early contemporary of Picasso, Matisse and Diego Rivera. His career and his life were entirely too short, but I find the grace, lightness and serenity of his paintings to be timeless. I think it sad that he's hardly mentioned. I would have never heard of him had it not been for a film by Andy Garcia based on Modigliani's last years in Paris.
Posted @ Friday, February 18, 2011 9:57 AM by Liza
Monica, 
I read Albani's quote about Caravaggio in "Artists on Art: from the XIV to XX Century". It quotes Albani's "Treatise on Painting", yet doesn't provide any publication date.  
 
I concur that Caravaggio influenced generations of painters (even modern artists), but was trying to make the point that he lost public reverence for some 300 years until the early 20th century. 
 
Thanks for chiming in! 
 
Susan
Posted @ Friday, February 18, 2011 1:59 PM by Susan Benford
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