"Burial of Saint Lucy" by Caravaggio

While a fugitive on the run from the law, Caravaggio sought refuge in Sicily. Assisted by an old friend, Caravaggio was able to secure a commission for the high altarpiece of the Franciscan church of Santa Lucia al Sepolcro in Siracusa depicting the “Burial of St. Lucy.’ Painted in 1608, Caravaggio’s theatrical use of chiaroscuro combined with obsessive realism produced a hauntingly moving scene of the burial of Siracusa’s most important local saint. Buona visione!


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