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5 cm. The Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit. qxp 12/9/2011 2:47 PM Page 43 one of his etchings from the days when he was the pupil of the Cavalier d’Arpino, the subject of which indicates that it was made during his period of genre painting. In this etching, which is dedicated to his teacher and signed MA. I. , we see again the motif of the Bohemian woman that he used in the painting in the Musei Capitolini, but here more elaborate. It is possible that the monochromatic work gave him the idea.
104). Equally as convincing is his piety in depicting the suffering Christ tied to the column and whipped (The Flagellation of Christ at the Column, pp. 184-185), as is his admiration for the heroic torment of the mother, who envelops her son’s corpse with her love (The Entombment p. 90). The artist, attracted more by terrestrial life than by theological issues, seems not to have been compelled to constant religious practice. On the contrary, Michelangelo Merisi may have given credit to far-fetched beliefs and superstitious practices.
I. , we see again the motif of the Bohemian woman that he used in the painting in the Musei Capitolini, but here more elaborate. It is possible that the monochromatic work gave him the idea. It depicts a gypsy telling a young man his fortune, while between them an old man appears as an independent witness and to the left is a boy, who is pulling a purse out of the youth’s suit, with which the young man must pay the woman whose advice he requests. In the top left-hand corner are words filled with resignation: Fur.
Caravaggio by Felix Witting