Happy Birthday, Caravaggio!


It’s that special day again, Caravaggio’s birthday. In last year’s birthday post, I asked my readers to weigh in about Caravaggio’s art, went over a brief biography of his life  (and some of the things his biographers and critics said of him), and talked about what the year held for Caravaggio studies.

This year, Caravaggio’s influence in the art historical world is just as strong. There will be several publications about Caravaggio this year: a forthcoming Art Bulletin article by David Stone, a book called Caravaggio: Reflections and Refractions (which includes more than a dozen essays on Caravaggio and the Caravaggisti, edited by Lorenzo Pericolo & David Stone), and Helen Langdon has a forthcoming publication called The Cardsharps published by the Kimbell art museum (which the painting calls home). There is also a Caravaggio-themed exhibition coming to LACMA in November, Bodies and Shadows: Caravaggio and His Legacy, which I am extremely excited about. Bodies and Shadows will have eight Caravaggios and 56 works in total from his followers. It will also be at the Wadsworth in 2013 if you can’t make it to Los Angeles.

I’m excited about what this year has in store for Caravaggio studies!

Feel free to peruse past Caravaggio-themed posts on Caravaggista.com in celebration:

Last year’s Happy Birthday Post — here

It’s Hard Not to Love Caravaggio, a post about Caravaggio’s badboy image and his rivalries with other artists (special emphasis on Giovanni Baglione)here

Leaving Art to the Professionals, a post about Peter Robb’s “M” and the question of whether or not Caravaggio scholarship and art historians in general are too academic in their discussions — here

Skepticism Surrounding Caravaggio Discovery, a post that summarizes the early July discovery of 100 Caravaggio sketches dating to when he was in Simone Peterzano’s workshop in Milan as a teen (note: this hasn’t been updated to reflect the police inquiry into the researchers’ access to the archives that the European press reported a while back but that was not reported as far as I know in English-language press) — here

And my personal favorite…

Caravaggio the Leader, a post that may/may not have the unconventional argument that Caravaggio was not in fact the active leader of a great artistic movement, but rather served as the inspiration for said movement — here

Happy birthday Caravaggio!