Volume 2: Caravaggio & his St. Matthew Paintings with Sara Magister - Context Travel

Volume 2: Caravaggio & his St. Matthew Paintings with Sara Magister


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Early Baroque painter, Michelangelo Merisi (1573-1610), better known as Caravaggio, left an indelible mark on the world of art - especially in Rome, which fortunately contains a large selection of his works. In this conversation, we'll discuss the life of the Caravaggio, how he got from Milan to Rome, and the subsequent creation of his St. Matthew series.

We'll virtually explore the Church of St. Louis of the French in Rome, which contains three of Caravaggio's paintings. We'll discuss in depth the three canvases (The Calling of Saint Matthew, The Inspiration of Saint Matthew and the Martyrdom of Saint Matthew) which detail the life of said Saint and are found in the Church of St. Louis of the French. We'll also spend some time discussing the deeper meaning in the artworks, looking beyond standard interpretations of the canvases. We'll evaluate the reasons why these pieces are so engaging for modern audiences.

Led by art historian, professor, and published Caravaggio author Sara Magister, this interactive discussion will unpick Caravaggio's St. Matthew's paintings. Designed to inform curiosity as well as future travels, participants will come away with a better understanding of this formidable figure and the importance of his works still today.

This conversation is the second in a four-part series. Each seminar can be joined independently and in any order. 
Volume 1: Caravaggio’s Early Years with Sara Magister
Volume 2: Caravaggio & his St. Matthew Paintings with Sara Magister
Volume 3: Caravaggio’s Darker Years with Sara Magister
Volume 4: Caravaggio’s Flight with Sara Magister

Sara Magister is an art historian with doctoral degrees in Medieval and Modern Art History and Classical Antiquities. She is the author of a book, published by the Accademia dei Lincei, on the antiquities collection of Pope Julius II and has written various articles in important scholarly journals on the history of Renaissance and Baroque collections. More recently, she had published a book on some of the most famous paintings of Caravaggio in Rome which introduces a new interpretation of the works, based on philological data, and which is changing the way we look at this artist.

This conversation is suitable for all ages.

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.