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Masterpieces and Mayhem: Caravaggio's Artistic Revolution

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Masterpieces and Mayhem: Caravaggio's Artistic Revolution

Evening Lecture/Seminar

Wednesday, June 26, 2024 - 6:30 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. ET
Code: 1H0817
This online program is presented on Zoom.
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The Beheading of Saint John by Caravaggio, 1608

Few artists have generated so much fascination and revolutionized the history of art as profoundly as Michelangelo Merisi, better known as Caravaggio (1571–1610). He was a hot-headed, anti-social outlaw and murderer who despite a short lifespan created a sensation with a bold naturalistic style—one that evoked intense drama and emotion through theatrical light and expressive, often violent gestures. He was both loved and reviled by his contemporaries for this new approach to realism.

Author Ross King explores the life and times of this complicated man and puts his innovative paintings and notorious lifestyle into the context of Rome’s turbulent first decade of the 17th century, which witnessed a crisis in the Catholic Church as well as the rise of Galileo and his new science.

World Art History Certificate elective: Earn 1/2 credit*

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*Enrolled participants in the World Art History Certificate Program receive 1/2 elective credit. Not yet enrolled? Learn about the program, its benefits, and how to register here.