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Art quotes itself

12 January 2017

The Amorino dormiente by Caravaggio: when a masterpiece becomes a symbol of prestige

Today we are revealing a curious anecdote about the circularity of art, of which Florence offers many evidences. We are going to discuss the relationship between the unusual and famous Amorino dormiente  by Caravaggio and the fresco decoration of one of the most special buildings in the city, Palazzo dell'Antella in Piazza Santa Croce.

In fact, few people know that on its colorful facade, among other decorations painted by Giovanni da San... Read all

The Unknown Medusa and its Famous Double

23 August 2016

When the "Double" is More Famous than the Original One

Perhaps not everyone knows that Caravaggio painted an earlier version of the terrible screaming head of Medusa with darting snakes instead of hair, the famous painting in exhibition at the Uffizi.

The Medusa unknown to most (kept in a private vault in London) is not a copy, but an original work by Michelangelo Merisi from Caravaggio.  Three elements prove that: a signature, the drawing beneath the paint surface, and two poems.  As regards the signature: «He affixed his... Read all