In the footsteps of Caravaggio

Experience Description

In the Footsteps of Caravaggio: Exploring the Mystery and Mastery of a Genius of Art

Join us on a captivating journey through the labyrinthine streets and timeless artistry of Rome as we delve into the life and works of Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio, an enigmatic figure whose paintings continue to mesmerize and intrigue art enthusiasts worldwide.

Our expedition commences in the vibrant vicinity behind Piazza Navona, near Palazzo Madama, an area steeped in the echoes of Caravaggio’s footsteps. Here, amidst the hustle and bustle of modern Rome, lies the very backdrop that witnessed Caravaggio’s creative fervor and artistic genius during the late 16th and early 17th centuries.

As we meander through the historic streets, the allure of the Baroque era envelops us, transporting us back in time to an epoch of artistic innovation and cultural transformation. The architecture of Rome serves as a testament to the city’s rich heritage, with ancient ruins juxtaposed against grand Baroque palaces and churches, offering a visual symphony that sets the stage for our exploration.

Our first stop on this odyssey is the church of San Luigi dei Francesi, a magnificent testament to Baroque architecture. Within the Contarelli Chapel, Caravaggio’s masterpieces depicting scenes from the life of Saint Matthew await our contemplation. As we step into the sacred confines of the chapel, the ethereal glow of Caravaggio’s paintings beckons us closer, inviting us to explore the depth of his artistic vision.

The interplay of light and shadow, characteristic of Caravaggio’s style, breathes life into the sacred narratives, transforming the mundane into the sublime. Through Caravaggio’s meticulous brushwork, Saint Matthew emerges as a figure of profound humanity, his inner turmoil and redemption captured with unparalleled realism.

Our next destination beckons at the Church of Sant’Agostino, where the enigmatic Madonna di Loreto resides. Amidst the controversy and intrigue that surround this painting, we’ll unravel its symbolism and delve into the complexities of Caravaggio’s thematic exploration. The Madonna, depicted with haunting grace, gazes serenely upon the humble pilgrims at her feet, her ethereal presence transcending the confines of the canvas.

Continuing our tour, we’ll wander through the cobblestone streets of Campo Marzio, tracing the path that once guided Caravaggio to his creative sanctuary. Pausing at the very house that inspired his Madonna di Loreto, we’ll immerse ourselves in the ambiance that fueled his artistic fervor. Here, amidst the whispers of inspiration and the echoes of centuries past, we’ll glimpse into the soul of the maestro himself, unraveling the mysteries of his tumultuous life.

Our expedition culminates in the majestic Piazza del Popolo, where the Church of Santa Maria del Popolo serves as the final chapter in our exploration. Here, amidst the sacred confines of this hallowed sanctuary, we’ll encounter two more of Caravaggio’s masterpieces: The Crucifixion of St. Peter and Conversion on the Way to Damascus.

Through these captivating works, we’ll unravel the intricate symbolism and thematic depth that define Caravaggio’s legacy, leaving no stone unturned in our quest for understanding. The dramatic narratives and hidden symbols within each painting serve as portals to a world of mystery and intrigue, inviting us to become art detectives in our quest for enlightenment.

Join us on “In the Footsteps of Caravaggio,” where the past converges with the present, and the art of the Baroque era unfolds in all its splendor and complexity. As we traverse the storied streets of Rome, let us embark on a journey of discovery and revelation, where every corner reveals a new chapter in the timeless tale of Caravaggio and his enduring legacy.

Possible program of the event:

  • Introduction to Caravaggio’s life and works
  • Visit to San Luigi dei Francesi and exploration of Caravaggio’s masterpieces
  • Unraveling the symbolism of the Madonna di Loreto at Sant’Agostino
  • Walking tour through Campo Marzio, including Caravaggio’s inspirational house
  • Culmination at Piazza del Popolo, exploring Caravaggio’s masterpieces The Crucifixion of St. Peter and The Conversion of St. Paul.
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    3 hours

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  • Fee per person:

    20.00 €

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