The painter, Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio, was at the peak of his career; when in the spring of 1606, he killed a man in a dispute over a tennis match. Facing execution, he was forced to flee Rome, never to return. During the last four years of his life, his art underwent a dramatic transformation as he lived in exile, from Naples to Malta to Sicily. The mood of his pictures became more introspective, and he practically abandoned color, choosing instead to probe the human condition using light and shadow. Today, this 17th century master continues to inspire everyone from filmmakers to artists to fashion designers. His uncompromising representation of people and his ability to tell a story in oil make him as relevant today as ever before. Capturing Caravaggio.
Dawson Carr, curator of “Caravaggio: The Final Years”;
Fritz Drury, Artist and Professor at Rhode Island School of Design;
Michael Mazur, Artist