[PAST EVENT] Distinguished Scholar Lecture - Dr. John T. Spike - Caravaggio

September 15, 2011
6pm - 7pm
Muscarelle Museum of Art
611 Jamestown Rd
Williamsburg, VA 23185Map this location
Distinguished Scholar Lecture - Dr. John T. Spike

Caravaggio's Ambiguities

The brilliant 17th-century Italian painter, Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio (1571-1610), depicted religious themes in contemporary settings with a style based in visible reality. Habitually transgressing the boundary between the sacred and the profane, Caravaggio is renowned as one of the greatest religious painters of all time. His early successes, however, were also based on his genius for treating themes of deception, trickery, and disguise. Like his contemporary, Shakespeare, Caravaggio combined realism with artifice in ways that have resulted in a puzzling diversity of interpretations. In this lecture, Caravaggio's delight in calculated ambiguities is viewed in its cultural context.