Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Wanderings: Where Caravaggio and Bernini Play

Oh POE! What a lucky bunch you all are! To have traveled all over the globe, interpreting the world through your lens. My envy level just shot up a few notches when I did a search for photos of Rome, Naples, and Milan. Italy is on my bucket list. I can't wait to see and feel the places where my favorite artists found there inspiration, where they lived, laughed and loved.

Which brings me to this post! I have been in love with Gian Lorenzo Bernini and Caravaggio for a long time, ever since we first met back in one of my art history classes in college. It was love at first sight! Bernini's The Ecstasy of St. Theresa still sends chills up my spine. No one could breath life into marble like Bernini. His cloth work is so billowy and fluid while it caresses the figures in his art. Michaelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio, as someone stated perfectly, "put the oscuro (shadows) into chiaroscuro. The Conversion on the Way to Damascus takes my breath away! I have always been drawn to heavy contrasts in lights and darks and Caravaggio's style rocked my world!

I just started reading the book, M: The Man who became Caravaggio by Peter Robb. Caravaggio was such a troubled soul, it is sad to read of his genius being laced with such turmoil. He will always be one of my greatest painting influences. That said, I was curious to see who had been lucky enough to visit the places where two of my loves used to create art and play. Here are the gorgeous captures I found.

Fontana di Nettuno-artzyfartzyd


Milan Duomo-rebeccaplotnick

Roman Holiday-photopia

Musei Vaticani-PhotoGrunt

Pigeons in the Center of Milan-nmdphotography

Roma Antica-kbastin

Michelle Campbell-Zurek is an artist/photographer from the east coast who is wide-eyed and smitten with the crazy town called L. A. When not on a quest to capture light and stop time, she can be found painting and ingesting gobs of sweets & tea. All are welcome to stop by the Urban Junkies Artist Lounge, as well as Michelle's photography shop, art shop and website.


Julie Magers Soulen said...

I love the pigeon shot in Milan! Beautiful!

Anonymous said...

The pigeon photograph is great! But they all are too....!

Jennifer Aitchison said...

I enjoyed reading this, well written post with beautiful images :)

Ann Wilkinson said...

I need an Italy fix so badly! thanks for a beautiful post. I love Roman Holiday, and I always love reading your articles!

nicole marie derr said...

Thanks for including my pigeon photo here!

Ahh, bella Italia... I want to go back!


Nicole said...

Thanks for including my pigeon photo here! Bella Italia, I miss you!

UrbanJunkies/zuppaartista said...

thanks for reading guys! :)
oh how i wish i could go to italy right now!

The Watermelon Tree said...

I am a photographer on Etsy and I would love to join your group. Could you give me some information?

Jennifer said...

Fantastic! Love the capture of the Triton fountain; the perspective is really unique.

(Italy is on our bucket list, too!)

Pam said...

You can find the info on joining the team here

Basically you convo PhotographersofEtsy (the team shop) and ask to join.
It usually takes 1-3 weeks to be approved I think.


From My Eye said...

Love the post and beautiful images! Thank you!

claire said...

beautiful pics! to those who may be inspired to tarvel to Rome I suggest to check out vacation rentals in rome first, to plan the trip..ciao