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Monday, January 2, 2012

Caravaggio: The perfect ending to one of art's blackest tales *

David and Goliath c. 1600 Oil on canvas, 110 x 91 cm Museo del Prado, Madrid


I can think of no other painter who imagined death so acutely from the inside, as a physical reality, something happening to a real person - which makes the claim to have discovered his corpse and the cause of his death all the more compulsive news. Caravaggio dealt in death, metaphorically and very literally.

Caravaggio's own death became his theme: he gave his own features to the decapitated Goliath in one of his very last pictures.....

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