Caravaggio

Caravaggio: a Murderous Artist

The personalities featured on the blog this week do nothing to debunk the idea of artists having fiery temperaments. On Tuesday, we told the tale of Baroque architect Francesco Borromini, whose bitter rivalry with fellow artist Bernini is thought to have led to his tragic suicide. Today, we have another dramatic life story and another […]

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Austria: Claudia Schmied

Article by Federal Minister Dr. Claudia Schmied: As a symbol of all the items that are being entered by Austria into Europeana, I would like to present the painting from the collections of the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna that raised the number of items in Europeana to 20 million: Caravaggio’s painting “David with the Head […]

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Europeana’s 20 millionth item

This autumn, Europeana’s content reached 20 million items, increasing the content ten-fold since its initial launch in 2008. The 20 millionth item is a painting of the Biblical story of David and Goliath painted by the celebrated Caravaggio in 1600-1601. Caravaggio worked predominantly on Christian themes, linking the sacred and the profane by giving his […]

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Caravaggio and his works

On September 29, 1571, one of the most famous Italian artists, Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio was born in Milan. “Arrogant, rebellious and a murderer, Caravaggio’s short and tempestuous life matched the drama of his works. Characterised by their dramatic, almost theatrical lighting, Caravaggio’s paintings were controversial, popular, and hugely influential on succeeding generations of painters […]

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