Caravaggio's Conversions

In this course you will:


Learn how Caravaggio started his career in Rome painting works for private residences of aristocrats and cardinals

But in the year 1600, with his first public works for the Contarelli and Cerasi chapels, his talent was finally established on the national and international scene.

But the question was: how could the lives of St. Matthew, St. Peter and St. Paul be brought to the viewers that didn’t have permission to enter those chapels? Those who could only look at these paintings from an oblique and uncomfortable perspective?

To solve this important problem Caravaggio had one of his most brilliant and most revolutionary ideas, that is also the one less understood by the art critics.

Discover how in “Caravaggio’s Prospective”!

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Sara Magister

is an art historian with doctoral degrees in modern art history and classical antiquities. She is an expert on the statue collection of Pope Julius II, the founder of the Vatican Museums and her book on the subject is a point of reference world-wide. Caravaggio, however swept her off her feet, and she has recently published a book on his paintings in the church of St. Louis of the French. Sara has a special skill in taking serious historical research and turning it into fun, interesting insights for the general public. She has hosted programs on art for Italian television and is didactic consultant for the Vatican Museums, and is our resident art history celebrity!