Walking through the warmly lit streets of Rome on a rainy night, you wouldn’t guess you were walking in the footsteps of Michelangelo Merisi, better known as Caravaggio.
The man was a painter who changed art between the 1500s and the 1600s using dark tones to create realistically dramatic paintings.
He was known for being controversial and living on the edge as did his paintings which I would soon find out.
I ventured out with two other participants on Glocalize Yourself’s “In the Footsteps of Caravaggio” walking tour where we literally walked the same streets Caravaggio did when he was in Rome.
As we swayed back and forth on the bus across the Tiber River, Daniele described the life of Caravaggio and how he came to be an artist.
Hopping off, we were already in the streets Caravaggio once walked.
We visited three churches along with the outside of Caravaggio’s actual apartment he once lived in.
Daniele would point out specific buildings with significance to the painter and his life.
As we entered the quiet and vast Church of San Luigi dei Francesi, we observed the copies of three of Caravaggio’s well known paintings as we were given the entire background, down to every single detail and secret hidden in each of the paintings.
After given context, we approached the dauntingly large paintings up on the walls of the church and joined the other onlookers, gawking at the incredible work.
Caravaggio had an eye for the dramatic as he painted controversial events of the time period.
He carefully placed every single element of his paintings in a specific spot.
It is almost as if it were a hunt for the clues that lead you to discovering the true meaning behind the painting.
But it is impossible to understand what exactly was going through his head while he was painting these magnificent pieces of art.
He also added what seems to be a three dimensional element to his work.
It feels as though some objects are jumping off the wall.
He also plays with light in the scenes, using very dark tones and negative space to emphasize certain areas of the painting.
He wants to make the viewer really think about what’s going on.
He knows exactly what he wants them to look at. I learned that his attention to detail is impeccable as are his techniques.
Caravaggio has even incorporated the doorway of his own apartment into one of his most famous works.
You can go to that exact spot in Rome and Glocalize Yourself took me there.
To see what this painter saw as he walked home was intriguing.
Caravaggio was a mysterious man, who was rather violent and even committed murder, so it was exciting to see where he lived for part of his life and where his famous work was made.
To crane my neck up the long walls of the dark alley to see the apartment windows he created himself in order to let more light in for his paintings was a very special experience.
And I only could’ve gotten this kind of experience with Glocalize Yourself.
I feel so full of information on a painter I didn’t even know about before I first stepped on the bus.
This was a very enriching experience that you won’t find anywhere else.
Glocalize Yourself opened my eyes as I walked in the footsteps of Caravaggio.