Lutenist - Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio. 94x119
The work of the famous Italian artist Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio influenced the development of world art, giving rise to a galaxy of imitators and followers, the so-called caravaggists both in native Italy and in other European countries. The master developed new forms, ideas, images, themes and sharply broke with the strict academic canon that prevailed in Italy. The emotionality of Caravaggio's works was reinforced by the innovative introduction to the painting of images of artificial or daylight penetrating the darkness and vividly tearing out individual figures and objects from it.
The artist, who had a very sharp character, led an adventurous life, while managing to create beautiful paintings. He wandered and hid a lot, he had to leave his hometown after the murder that happened in a fight.
The master painted canvases on various subjects, created portraits, religious paintings and everyday scenes. "Lute player" - one of the early works of Caravaggio, the image of a musician will be found more than once in his paintings. The model’s face lacks classical beauty: a round face contour, sensual puffy lips and dark large eyes create the image of a healthy, flowering young man. Particular attention is paid to still life. The artist with great pleasure writes bright flowers and fruits, wooden musical instruments.
Probably, “Lute player” - portrait of Caravaggio’s friend, the Milanese musician Gallus, whom he met during his wanderings.