Tuesday, November 20, 2012

One more Caravaggio

Finally, we saw this lovely Caravaggio in situ, always a treat - it's a Madonna and Child, but a slightly unusual one.  Mary greats these pilgrims at the door of her non-descript hovel with the Christ child, who is holding her sleeve, but gripping it in such a way that he makes the sign of the blessing.  Everybody's barefoot, including Mary, indicating a low social status.  This painting is lovely and extremely generous and sympathetic, but I also find it quiet humorous, as I do much of his work.  I mean, that guy's ass is right in the viewer's face, and so are his dirty feet.

Here's what it looks like in the space.  It's at the Chiesa di Sant'Agostino.

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