Caravaggio revolutionized contemporary Roman painting through his depiction of real people in historical scenes, his dramatic use of light, his brilliant realism in painting details of objects and nature, and his psychological interpretation of narrative. A volatile and somewhat antisocial personality, he was forced to flee Rome in 1606 after murdering an opponent in a ball game. The rest of his brief life was marked by furious production of paintings and violence in his personal life. Caravaggio died on his way back to Rome to receive a papal pardon at Porte Ercole, four years later at the age of thirty-six.
Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio (Italian, Lombard, 1571-1610)
Saint Francis of Assisi in Ecstasy, ca.1594
Oil on canvas, 36 3/8 x 50 1/4 in.
The Ella Gallup Sumner and Mary Catlin Sumner Collection Fund, 1943.222
Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford, CT
Matted size: 11 x 14 in.
Image size: 7 x 9 3/4 in.