Volume 1: Caravaggio’s Early Years with Dr. Sara Magister - Context Travel

Volume 1: Caravaggio’s Early Years with Dr. Sara Magister


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In this conversation, we’ll discuss the influence of the Venetian and Milanese art on his early production, and mainly the beauty and the deeper meaning of his early works, made before his public debut. The roots of the genius of the early Baroque painter, Michelangelo Merisi (1573-1610), better known as Caravaggio, can be found in the city of Milan. However, his indelible mark on the world of art was left first of all in Rome thanks to enlightened patrons, who guessed and supported his talent.

We’ll explore the cultural and artistic context in which the artist trained, grew up and traveled, before his arrival in Rome in 1595. We’ll discuss his first uncertain steps in Rome and the sudden manifestation of his unique talent in interpreting allegorical and religious subjects. We’ll talk about the challenging patronage of the cardinal del Monte that permitted Caravaggio to develop and to compete with more subjects: music, gamblers, gypsies, ancient myths, still lives, and triumphal saints. We’ll examine paintings that move between the sacred and the profane, discussing their beauty and hidden meanings in this celebrated artist’s first years in the art world.

Led by art historian, professor, and published Caravaggio author Sara Magister, this interactive discussion will unpick a curated selection of Caravaggio’s early works. Designed to inform curiosity as well as future travels, participants will come away with a better understanding of this formidable figure and the importance of his works still today.

This conversation is the first in a four-part series. Each seminar can be joined independently and in any order. 
Volume 1: Caravaggio’s Early Years with Sara Magister
Volume 2: Caravaggio & his St. Matthew Paintings with Sara Magister
Volume 3: Caravaggio’s Darker Years with Sara Magister
Volume 4: Caravaggio’s Flight with Sara Magister

Sara is an art historian with doctoral degrees in Medieval and Modern Art History and Classical Antiquities. She is the author of a book, published by the Accademia dei Lincei, on the antiquities collection of Pope Julius II and has written various articles in important scholarly journals on the history of Renaissance and Baroque collections. More recently, she had published a book on some of the most famous paintings of Caravaggio in Rome which introduces a new interpretation of the works, based on philological data, and which is changing the way we look at this artist.

Suitable for adults but not especially recommended for young children.

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.

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    One of the best Conversations I've attended so far

    I attended all of Dr Magister's Webinars on Caravaggio last year except this first one, and have been looking for its repeat ever since. It was more than worth the wait! Clear, expert, passionate - everything I could have hoped for and more. Brava!

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    Another fabulous presentation

    I’ve taken several of Sara Magister's Context classes and always appreciate her knowledge of her subject and enthusiasm. Her passion for Caravaggio was particularly evident in this presentation. I’m looking forward to Parts 2, 3, and 4!

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    The Context Conversations have been incredible--I am so grateful that I can take advantage of them. I hope you will offer package deals for purchasing more than 2 conversations, especially if there are several related talks, as I seem to want to sign up for all of them and it does add up! My other request would be sending a reading list for the conversation. Many of the guides have mentioned they would like to share slides or resources and that would be very helpful!

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    C.

    Yes, I also joined a session with Hattie. She was also excellent. May I suggest that the presenter mute everyone during the presentation? Otherwise, an audible “um” ‘ah’ “oh” “hmmm” from some viewers will be transmitted to everyone..... terribly annoying.

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    M.

    Very much enjoying the sessions. This was our second one. (We did a Sistine session earlier) I have been recommending them to friends. The concept and format are great!

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    K.S.
    One of the best Conversations I've attended so far

    I attended all of Dr Magister's Webinars on Caravaggio last year except this first one, and have been looking for its repeat ever since. It was more than worth the wait! Clear, expert, passionate - everything I could have hoped for and more. Brava!

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    B.
    Another fabulous presentation

    I’ve taken several of Sara Magister's Context classes and always appreciate her knowledge of her subject and enthusiasm. Her passion for Caravaggio was particularly evident in this presentation. I’m looking forward to Parts 2, 3, and 4!

    S
    S.

    The Context Conversations have been incredible--I am so grateful that I can take advantage of them. I hope you will offer package deals for purchasing more than 2 conversations, especially if there are several related talks, as I seem to want to sign up for all of them and it does add up! My other request would be sending a reading list for the conversation. Many of the guides have mentioned they would like to share slides or resources and that would be very helpful!

    C
    C.

    Yes, I also joined a session with Hattie. She was also excellent. May I suggest that the presenter mute everyone during the presentation? Otherwise, an audible “um” ‘ah’ “oh” “hmmm” from some viewers will be transmitted to everyone..... terribly annoying.

    M
    M.

    Very much enjoying the sessions. This was our second one. (We did a Sistine session earlier) I have been recommending them to friends. The concept and format are great!