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Caravaggio Hunting in Rome

Back in February 2017 I had the chance to “do as the Romans do” and spend one week in the Capital. If you are planning a trip to Rome, you can take a look at my Top 10 Things to do in Rome. One thing I did want to do was to see some great art and what better place to do it then in the Eternal City. There are many famous works of art in Rome and depending on your preferred artist, you can easily change this to Michelangelo hunting, Da Vinci  Hunting and so on. I chose Caravaggio as I have a more macabre taste in art. Here are some works of Caravaggio in Rome.

Caravaggio who?

Caravaggio (1571-1610) was probably the most influential painter after Michelangelo on Italian painting style as it transformed from the formal, neo-classical Renaissance into the more earthy, vibrant, and melodramatic baroque style. Caravaggio died, anonymously on a tavern table, of sunstroke after a walk on a brutally hot day. His body was tossed into the pile of a pauper’s pit grave at the edge of town. He was 38 years old.

Where to find?

GALLERIA BORGHESE

Caravaggio-David-with-the-Head-of-Goliath

Boy with a Basket of Fruit, Sick Bacchus (self portrait), David with the Head of Goliath (above), Saint Jerome Writing, Madonna and Child with St. Anne and Portrait of Pope Paolo V.

CHURCH OF SAN LUIGI DEI FRANCESI, CONTARELLI CHAPEL

The Calling of St. Matthew

The calling of St. Matthew

The Calling of Saint Matthew (above), The Martyrdom of Saint Matthew and the altar painting is The Inspiration of Saint Matthew.

THE CHURCH OF SANT’AGOSTINO, CAVALLETTI CHAPEL

Madonna di Loreto

Madonna di Loreto

The Madonna of Loreto

VATICAN MUSEUM

The Entombment of Christ

The Entombment of Christ

The Entombment of Christ

THE CHURCH OF SANTA MARIA DEL POPOLO. CERASI CHAPEL

Crucifixion of St. Peter

Crucifixion of St. Peter

The Conversion on the Way to Damascus and The Crucifixion of Saint Peter

THE NATIONAL GALLERY OF ART, PALAZZO BARBERINI

Judith Beheading Holofernes

Judith Beheading Holofernes

Judith Beheading Holofernes

Capitoline Museums

Gypsy Fortune teller

Gypsy Fortune teller

Gypsy Fortune-Teller, St. John the Baptist

Palazzo Corsini

St. John the Baptist

St. John the Baptist

St. John the Baptist

Galleria Doria Pamphilj

Martha and Mary Magdalene

Martha and Mary Magdalene

Mary Magdalene, Rest on the Flight into Egypt, Young St. John the Baptist

Happy Caravaggio hunting!

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3 thoughts on “Caravaggio Hunting in Rome

  1. A Taste for Travel says:

    This is a very handy post for people headed to Rome! I too went looking for “The Calling of Saint Matthew” and it was interesting to see it set within a church rather than in a gallery.

  2. neha says:

    Often we hear of Michelangelo all over Italy and not so much about the other great artists like caravaggio. Glad you put up this post. His paintings are superb – great anatomical and emotional details present in each one of them.

  3. Marjorie Gavan says:

    How sad the story of Caravaggio’s death is and my at such a young age. I have seen some of his paintings before (admittedly, I didn’t know the name of the painter) and the two that are most familiar to me are the David with the Head of Goliath and the Judith Beheading Holofernes (yeah I know, I seem to have a thing for beheading). The dark quality of his paintings are quite disturbing but riveting. I’d love to check these paintings in person hopefully in the near future.

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