Caravaggio Studies

At the IMC, Donato told me that if I wanted to instill my art with some of the Old Masters' grace and beauty, I needed to go study a ton of paintings and statues in detail-- not passively looking at art, but locking it into my muscle memory by drawing and painting studies. So I came home and went to the library and got a stack of books about artists I admire. I started with Caravaggio. He's not my favourite (am I allowed to have favourites?) but his paintings are very dramatic, full of interesting anatomical bits and very vivid lights and darks. I also want to improve my anatomy and value skills, so I can't really go wrong with Caravaggio.

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Study of Penitent Magdalene, c.1594.

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Study of The Inspiration of St. Matthew (detail), 1602.

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Study of Madonna dei Pellegrini (detail), c. 1603.

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Study of The Seven Acts of Mercy (detail), 1607.