Discover the dark heart of Caravaggio's extraordinary genius on our virtual tour
duration 1.5 hours
If you like your art gut-wrenchingly dramatic and unbearably tense, then you need to get acquainted with Caravaggio. A manic, violent genius, his incredible works caused a sensation in Rome at the end of the 16th century, dramatically ushering in the age of the Baroque. Join art historian Caterina to get inside the mind and masterpieces of one of the most controversial geniuses in the story of art. On our immersive online itinerary, you’ll encounter saints with dirty feet being led to martyrdom and sensual virgins, voluptuous angels and provocative nudes, cardsharps, fortune-tellers and more! Join Caterina as she makes these masterpieces come alive, revealing the dark psyche and tumultuous life of Caravaggio along the way. At the end of our immersive virtual journey into the vivid world of Baroque Rome, you'll understand why Caravaggio’s dramatic paintings shocked his contemporaries and changed the world of art forever.
Hi I'm Caterina. I am a licensed guide of the city of Rome, and have been working with Through Eternity Tours since 2010. I was born and raised in Rome, where I've lived most of my life. I received a degree in Art History from Rome Tre University, where I specialised in Renaissance and Baroque art. I speak English, German and Italian fluently.
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Our Caravaggio virtual tour has been specially designed to give you an unparalleled insight into the mind and masterpieces of Caravaggio’s controversial genius.Extraordinarily prolific, despite his tragically early death and his long flight from the law, on our online webinar you’ll learn why Caravaggio’s incredibly innovative pictorial language changed the world of art forever. Join art historian Caterina live from Rome as we weave our virtual way through the cobbled streets of the Eternal City, discovering the dramatic artworks that caused an artistic revolution. retrace his steps through taverns and brothels, palaces and churches, and discover how the troubled life and art of this great genius have remained inextricably linked in the popular imagination of the city.
Learn about the artist’s humble origins in Lombardy, and the early still life paintings that already hinted that Caravaggio was no ordinary painter. We’ll be charting Caravaggio’s rise through the aristocracy and palaces of Rome, discovering why his ultra-realistic depictions of card sharps and gypsies, fortune tellers and prostitutes proved so popular with the most powerful patrons in the city.
Discover how Caravaggio reached new heights of fame with his extraordinarily dramatic religious paintings, from the powerfully realistic stripped down visions of conversion and death in Santa Maria del Popolo’s Martyrdom of Saint Peter and Conversion of St. Paul to the swirling chiaroscuro drama of light and dark in San Luigi dei Francesi’s Martyrdom of Saint Matthew. Caravaggio’s vision of a religious art peopled by ordinary folk – peasants smeared with grime, street-walking prostitutes and lumbering old men – was as controversial as it was revolutionary, and perfectly captures the contradictory spirit of the Baroque age.
Just as exciting as Caravaggio’s innovative canvases are the dramatic stories behind them. Caterina will make these masterpieces come alive by revealing the dark psyche and tumultuous life of their creator - the arrogant Caravaggio’s was in constant trouble with the law, and his simmering violent temperament exploded when he murdered an obscure rival in 1606. After a decade in exile being hunted by assassins, the greatest painter of his age died in penury desperately trying to make his way back to the city that had made him famous. This is Rome at its most exciting, and we can't wait to bring it to life for you – join Caterina on a virtual journey to discover it through the timeless masterpieces of Caravaggio.