Thursday, 7 December 2017,
18:00 to 20:00
Please note the lecture will take place in Lecture Theatre 1 on the ground floor of the Waterfront Building. Please register in Reception as usual.
Dr Caspar Pearson is a senior lecturer in Art History and Director of the Centre for Interdisciplinary Studies at the University of Essex. He specialises in the art and architecture of the Italian Renaissance. He has published a various articles in scholarly journals and his most recent monograph addresses the life and work of the Florentine Renaissance scholar and architect, Leon Battista Alberti.
Caravaggio was one of the most innovative artists of the Italian Baroque. Following his training in Milan, he made his way to Rome where he rapidly made a name for himself as a highly sought-after painter. This lecture will focus on the large, religious paintings that Caravaggio made in Rome from the late 1590s until his departure from the city in 1606. In this period his career flourished, even as he became ever-more embroiled in the life of violence and criminality for which he would eventually become notorious. The lecture will explore how Caravaggio pursued a form of highly artificial naturalism, using bold effects of light and shade, minimal settings, and seemingly contemporary ‘actors’ to create a new form of religious art. It will consider how Caravaggio used his works to examine not only the subjects that he represented but also the nature of art itself.