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Capitoline Museums

You are along the route: THE TWO MICHELANGELOS. BUONARROTI AND CARAVAGGIO

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Piazza del Campidoglio
www.museicapitolini.org
Every day 09:30-19.30, 24th and 31st December 09:30-14.00. The ticket office closes one hour before closing time. Closed on 1st January, 1st May, 25th December. Admission fee.

Buona Ventura

The painting belonged to Cardinal Francesco Maria Del Monte, patron and protector of the young Caravaggio in Rome. The unusual subject, a genre scene that contains a moral significance, greatly impressed contemporary biographers of Caravaggio. The painting depicts the encounter between a young gypsy, with bewitching facial expression, and a naive boy she has met on the street; as she reads the boy’s hand, she slips the gold ring from his finger. Behind this genre scene lie moral warnings against easy temptation. In this early work (1594-1595), Caravaggio creates one of his earliest half-length scenes, revealing the clever ability to grasp the “craftiness” of the gypsy and the enchanted innocence of the stylishly dressed young man.

Foto ©Roma Capitale-Sovrintendenza Capitolina ai Beni Culturali

San Giovanni Battista

Painted around 1602 for the Mattei family, the work, despite its simplicity, seems revolutionary in its original interpretation of the traditional religious theme. He is depicted as a naked young man sitting on a camel skin and a red drape; he is facing the viewer and smiling and embraces a ram. The artist uses the pose of Michelangelo’s nudes in the Sistine Chapel to highlight the meaning of triumph over death, of resurrection. The ram symbolises Christ and the embrace of St. John the Baptist refers to the universal love of Christ for mankind. The red of the drape symbolises the passion of that divine feeling of love. The smiling expression of the saint imparts a feeling of “Christian joy” and exultation.

Foto ©Roma Capitale-Sovrintendenza Capitolina ai Beni Culturali

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