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Evaluation - Caravaggio

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Evaluation of "Supper at Emmaus" by Caravaggio! Background. Caravaggio (Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio) - (8 September 1571 - 18 July 1610) was an Italian artist active in Rome, Naples, Malta and Sicily between 1593 and 1610. He is very famous for his visual depictions of crucial religions figures such as 'Jesus Christ', including the painting 'Supper at Emmaus', these were the source of much controversy. He is one of the very first artists whom used the concept of foreshortening and chiaroscuro into their paintings. One great example of this is Supper at Emmaus. Line One of the most prominent aspects of the piece is the use of line. ...read more.

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Colour The colours in the painting are mainly dark (Blacks, greys, greens, reds). However, some areas of the painting are in lights colours such as Sandy/cream browns used on the faces of the subjects, with a lighter version of these colours used to highlight the focal points face. Colours that are more vibrant include the rich crimson of Jesus' clothing and white tablecloth, which draw attention. Tone Tones in the piece are extremely dark; this highlights the effect of "Chiaroscuro" (translating into light and dark). The dark tones absorb the surrounding edge of the picture and the various crevices and cracks. ...read more.

Conclusion

Upon closer inspection, Jesus has a much smoother face than that of the man next to him with facial hair. Even though the painting seems to be smooth, if one looks closely, one can see different, subtle brushstrokes used by Caravaggio. Narrative Clearly the focus of the painting is Jesus Christ, as shown by the techniques used to paint him and also the series of invisible lines used to lead the viewers eye towards Jesus. The three men around him are clearly agitated by their body language. The man to the right is flaying his arms and the one to the right is about to jump up from his chair. Possibly Jesus has just revealed some important information and this has enraged his followers. ...read more.

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