Caravaggio - A Life by Desmond Seward

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Z8 portraits . . In the light of later developments this emphasis on portraiture seems among Caravaggios convincing, and first Roman works were pictures which were painted from posed models. In some of Peterzano's paintings there are naturalistic amongst the drawings from vegetables, all details still-life of which suggests that studio practice. 29 It is a study likely that the training was in the lowly genres and fruits flowers, while which remained deeply rooted of fruits and from nature was part of his main emphasis of Caravaggios of portrait and still life.

None the less the should be executed 'with every care and exquisite perfection that These is possible'. and the Prior to examine error of art, frescoes its work should be skill, Peterzano was to rectify every is an Adoration many of the rendered with an archaising simplicity and rustic humility, where an old in their and the greatest and bewilderingly eclectic, but they contain are of religious correctness. 27 passages which Caravaggio later recalled. There Shepherds, full beauti- man and woman, with wrinkled brows, join the shepherds broad-brimmed country hats.

This remains one of the loveliest streets in Europe, a sequence of the most subtly elegant Renaissance palazzi, mostly opening into courtyards, and externally embellished with chiaroscuro decorations by such artists as Polidoro da Caravaggio, Federico Zuccaro and Raffaellino da Reggio. Near by, the and Parione were of Santa Maria a busy section of the in Vallicella city, was being rioni of Ponte where the Oratorian church rebuilt, close to the houses of businessmen, lawyers, scholars, and nobles and great cardinals.

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