The Shadows Behind Caravaggio

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In this course you will:


Let Sara Magister introduce you to one of the best known yet least understood names in the history of art, Caravaggio.

More than just a painter of beheadings and maverick in the idealized art scene of the late 16th century, Caravaggio assembled a remarkable artistic toolbox of technques and telents in his youth.

In these lessons you will learn the story of his origins, and discover the artistic experiences that prepared him to explode on the inspired stage of Rome in 1599.

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!