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One hundred Caravaggio sketches and paintings discovered

05 luglio, 19:47
One hundred Caravaggio sketches and paintings discovered
One hundred Caravaggio sketches and paintings discovered
One hundred Caravaggio sketches and paintings discovered

by Kate Carlisle

He spent much of his life as a fugitive, leaving few letters, notes, diaries. However, he did create a series of deliciously graphic and irreverent works that shook the foundations of Renaissance painting and brought realism into the forefront. The man who sought to leave no trail has now been tagged following an absolutely unprecedented discovery of 100 works that map the beginnings of Michelangelo Merisi, better known as Caravaggio. Researchers and historians who have searched for undiscovered traces of Caravaggio now have a dossier packed with early sketches and several paintings taken from the workshop of Mannerist painter Simone Peterzano, Caravaggio's teacher from 1584 to 1588. "We always felt it was impossible that Caravaggio left no record or studies in the workshop of a painter as famous as his mentor," Maurizio Bernardelli Curuz Guerrieri, artistic director for the Brescia Museum Foundation, told ANSA in an exclusive interview.

The trail into Caravaggio's formative years began when Bernardelli along with co-researcher Adriana Conconi Fedrigolli were given access to over 1,000 studies found in Peterzano's workshop collection from the Castello Sforzesco in the northern city of Milan. For two years they examined Caravaggio's works in churches and museums to develop a rigorous survey methodology for identifying underlying geometric patterns from the artist's early Roman period. A gesture, an outstretched hand or expression were all clues that were catalogued for comparison. 'Every artist has a matrix style, unique to them that is distinguishable through the postures and body types in their sketches. They memorize them as students, learning by force of repetition, and carry them into maturity for their later works,' emphasized Bernardelli. For example, the talismanic hand gesture and incredulous expression in Boy Bitten by a Lizard, an important work in the artist's early oeuvre and Roman period, are strikingly repetitive elements in the sketches the scholars were handed over to examine. 'Caravaggio left the region of Lombardy with a rich collection of figures that he used throughout his career, especially during his early years in Rome.

The sketches we identified are the very foundation of his work,' said Bernardelli. Even more surprising, the researchers also found written clues among the sketches and paintings. What Bernardelli describes as a quickly scribbled note to Peterzano that 'highlights the friction and misunderstandings between two temperaments at odds' written with a 'swift and violent style' may ultimately be the identity clincher. After being compared with receipts penned by Caravaggio in 1605-1606, an expert graphologist working with the team, Anna Grasso Rossetti, has said it is most likely from Caravaggio's hand. Even the impetuous gestures characteristic in Caravaggio's works were integrated into the researchers' methodology. 'The serpentine lines contouring limbs and bodies that are found throughout Caravaggio's entire career start here,' said Bernardelli. 'Caravaggio's mother, Lucia Aratori, would have paid a fortune for her son to study in Peterzano's studio. It is impossible that she would not have asked to see the results'.

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