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By Candlelight

I’ve always been fascinated with high contrast. Baroque painters, building on the legacy left them by Da Vinci, among other Italian Renaissance heroes, experimented with cast light and its effects in a way not yet seen before the 17th century. The best of them was Caravaggio, and he had many followers, among them one Georges de La Tour. The painting above is a meditation on mortality, on life, on death, on the miracles one witnesses with or without a messiah…

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Wounds That Never Heal

Wounds That Never Heal

  Udopia   The world is turning inward In the most bizarre of ways – Politically   The most communal and Collective The most public And connected Of all pursuits Is beset By those who want Their toys back Because in their youth In the sandbox of their dreams They were asked to share them With others And now that they have grown They can spin whole philosophies Whole rationales They can dress their most selfish Mine! mine! mine! In…

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Much More Than Mere Contrast

Much More Than Mere Contrast

Caravaggio (1571 – 1610) was the Bad Boy of his day and time. A Rock N Roll rebel before there was such a thing. Seemingly always in trouble with the law, all too ready for a fight, and deadly if crossed, Caravaggio was also among the most important painters of his or any era. His use of chiaroscuro was stunning for its dramatic impact and innovation, while his subject matter blazed new ground for in-your-face heresy. In short, he lived…

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Artemisia Gentileschi: Controversial Realities

Artemisia Gentileschi: Controversial Realities

Artemisia Gentileschi lived a stormy life, to say the least. A lightning rod of sorts in her day (1593-1653) and at present, her tragically violent existence creates alternate realities for some. Years ago, I watched the movie, Artemisia, which I thought good, though inaccurate historically. Some of the inaccuracies can be forgiven, for they added beauty to the story, to the look and flow of the film. But one change is unforgivable, possibly unconscionable: the movie depicts a passionate love…

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