Artwork profile. It is all the same renowned how the Death of the Virgin, finished by Caravaggio in great delay over the initial agreement that allowed the painter just one year to accomplish it, was harshly rejected by the Carmelites, the religious order that held the church of Santa Maria della Scala. Giulio Mancini himself tried to buy the painting without success and finally, also thanks to the intervention of Peter Paul Rubens, it was acquired by the Duke of Mantua Vincenzo I Gonzaga and thus transferred to the Lombard city in April From a letter of the ambassador of Mantua to the Papal court we learn that a few days before it was sent to the court of the Gonzaga, the canvas was exposed in Rome for a week, with the strict prohibition to make copies of it.
The Death of the Virgin, 1603 by Caravaggio
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This, the largest picture that Caravaggio had yet produced, did not end up in the place for which it was made. In a papal legal adviser, Laerzio Cherubini, commissioned a Death of the Virgin for the Carmelite church of Santa Maria della Scala in Trastevere; it was to be finished by When they saw it, the friars found it alarming, because the Madonna was modelled on a prostitute with whom Caravaggio was in love according to Mancini , because her legs were exposed Baglione , because her swollen body was too realistic Bellori - for whichever reason, they felt prompted to reject it. What the friars could not endure was favoured at court. The painting is severe, sad and still. Under a red canopy hanging from a barely visible ceiling, the disciples are grouped round the corpse fixed on a bed in rigor mortis , most standing to the left. Light coming from a window high on the left picks out their foreheads and bald pates, before falling on the upper part of the Virgin's body.
Caravaggio, Death of the Virgin
Much like his paintings, Carvaggio tended to espouse vulgarity alongside passion. Known for brawling as well as his eccentric behaviour possibly due to high concentrations of lead found within his paints , he was exiled from Rome and travelled to various other cities. An attack in Naples left him facially scarred and it is claimed that he died of fever in Michelangelo Merisi da Carvaggio was born in Milan in
From Wikimedia Commons, the free media repository. Peintures italiennes, room 8: Grande Galerie. Denon, 1 st floor. This work is part of the collections of the Louvre Department of Paintings.