Episode 250 – Caravaggio’s Early Works (Sick Bacchus, Boy with Basket of Fruit, Fortune Teller, Cardsharps, Musicians)
February 6, 2024

After an inauspicious beginning to his artistic career in Rome, Caravaggio’s photorealistic style and “street” iconography began to draw the attention of some important patrons. The most important of the patrons was Cardinal Francesco Maria del Monte, whose patronage launched Caravaggio’s career. This episode will examine Caravaggio’s paintings and his entirely new approach to painting, which involved a close observation and faithful reproduction of nature and the introduction of non-traditional subjects.


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