Musicians - Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio. 92.1x118.4
At the time of writing this work, Michelangelo da Caravaggio was still young and, despite his daring temper, led a fairly quiet life in the house of his patron Cardinal Francesco Del Monte. The time of dramatic events in the fate of the artist and his full of passions, the struggle of light and darkness of paintings, which will have a strong impact on all European painting, has not come yet. His paintings are still light and lyrical. They often play music in them, as in the presented work, in which flowering youth and sublime art merge in harmony.
Musician, sitting on the canvas with his back to the viewer, opened the score. An inscription is visible on it, which should more accurately explain what is happening. This is a frequent trick in the works of Caravaggio, but no one has yet been able to read the written. The boy with the horn in the background is the earliest self-portrait of the artist who will repeatedly depict himself in his paintings, and this is the last self-portrait of Caravaggio, in which we see him serene.
IN "Musicians" still hear the breath of the Renaissance. But in the dense and complex composition of the work, in the twisted fabrics of clothes and draperies, the tension and slight nervous tremor that distinguish the art of Baroque are felt.