Caravaggio’s Legacy Private Tour
On our Caravaggio’s Legacy Private Tour we will see the main paintings of most known and misterious Baroque artist in the world.
“The Conversion of St. Paul” and “The Crucifixion of St. Peter” in Santa Maria del Popolo Church; “Madonna del Loreto” in Sant’Agostino Church, “The calling of Saint Matthew”, “The martyrdom of Saint Matthew” and the last stop is “Saint Matthew and the Angel” in San Luigi dei Francesi Church.
Santa Maria del Popolo
Santa Maria del Popolo is like a primer on the development of art and architecture from the early Renaissance through the baroque. Caravaggio used overly strong and patently artificial light sources to enhance the psychological drama of “The Conversion of St. Paul” and “The Crucifixion of St. Peter”, and to draw the viewer right into the straining muscles, wrinkled foreheads, dirty feet, and intense emotions of his figures.
San Luigi dei Francesi
San Luigi dei Francesi is like its neighbor Sant’Agostino is an unmissable stop for Caravaggio fans, for the last chapel on the left (coin-gobbling lights) houses his famous St. Matthew cycle of paintings. A certain times of day, the natural light coming through the real window high on the chapel’s back wall actually extends into painted light beams illuminating the paintings on the side walls, particularly in the “Calling of St. Matthew” on the left. These huge canvases depict “The Calling of St. Matthew”, the best of the three and amply illustrating Caravaggio’s mastery of light and shadow to create mood and drama; “The Martyrdom of St. Matthew” and “St. Matthew and the Angel”.
Finally just off Piazza Navona’s corner is another key stop on the Caravaggio Tour, the early Renaissance church of San Agostino. The first altar on the left inside contains Caravaggio’s almost mannerist “Madonna del Loreto”. With pair of dirty-footed pilgrims kneeling before the willowy, velvet-robed Virgin who’s carrying a ridiculously oversized (if marvelously lifelike) Christ child.