Caravaggio�s The Calling of St

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Caravaggio’s The Calling of St. Peter John Lowery One of the most revolutionary artist’s, Caravaggio created some of the most powerful and emotionally moving paintings of all time. His captivating and innovative styles still inspires many to this day, many following in his footsteps. These styles include his sense of lighting and depth giving his work a new life in the world of naturalistic painting. Many were not willing to accept this new style of painting causing many objections to his concept of realism and the often dramatic scenes. Despite these threats, Caravaggio persevered, his career flourished brining his reputation higher than ever. Fearful of pursuit from the law, Caravaggio was constantly changing his location from hiding place to hiding place. It is this life trend that I believe birthed the emotion within himself to created the artwork he did. One of his most powerful works of art – The Calling of St. Mathew, is a perfect example of the darkness he sat in as an artist, constantly hiding himself from the face of humanity. Caravaggio portrays this painting as an instant moment from a dramatic and emotionally complex narrative. There is a deeper metaphorical meaning behind each pose and action portrayed from each character, including the only light coming in from the small window above Christ’s head. Caravaggio sets up this scene in a sense to cause the viewer to feel as if he/she is part of the scene. He has a mysterious way of painting that causes the viewer to feel frozen and awestruck at it’s presence, the same way these men are awestruck with the holy presence of Jesus Christ’s presence. As a viewer we
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feel just as engaged with viewing the painting as the men sitting around the table feel engaged into Christ’s presence. Although this painting has a certain metaphorical complexity to it, it is quite easy to identify and understand the emotions of each character in the painting. Each character has their own individual way of expressing the sudden emotion as Christ walks through that door and Caravaggio makes it very clear, through physical movement and facial expressions. Because of this convincing method of portraying emotions on this canvas, it is quite easy to identify what occurs before and after this definite
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This note was uploaded on 04/07/2008 for the course HIST 101 taught by Professor Wormer during the Spring '08 term at Rochester.

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