"Lute player Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio
Description of the picture:
Lutenist – Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio. Around 1595. Oil on canvas. 94×119
The work of the famous Italian artist Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio influenced the development of world art, giving rise to a galaxy of imitators and followers, the so-called caravaggists both in native Italy and in other European countries. The master developed new forms, ideas, images, themes, and sharply broke with the serious academic canon that prevailed in Italy. The sensuality of Caravaggio’s works was reinforced by the innovative introduction to the colorful routine of the image of artificial or daylight penetrating the mist and vividly tearing out individual figures and objects from it.
The painter, who had a very sharp temper, led a life full of adventure, managing to create beautiful paintings. He wandered a lot and hid, he had to leave his hometown after the incident in the skirmish of a murder.
The master painted canvases on various subjects, created portraits, religious paintings and everyday scenes. “Lute player” – one of Caravaggio’s earliest works, the image of a musician is more than once found in his paintings. The model’s face is devoid of traditional beauty: a round face contour, sensual puffy lips and black huge eyes make the image of a healthy, flourishing young man. Increased attention is paid to still life. The painter with great pleasure writes colorful flowers and fruits, wood musical instruments.
Maybe, “Lute player” – a portrait of a friend of Caravaggio, the Milanese musician Gallus, whom he met during his own wanderings."