Caravaggio, in tenebris

Vice, misery and illumination from the divine Caravaggio

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Caravaggio's universe mixes religious faith and vice, luxury and poverty, lust and piety, violence and contemplation.

The experience is an imaginary journey through a maze of narrow streets, an intimate labyrinth that takes us from the gilded splendour of a Roman palace bathed in light to the dark and dangerous back streets where Caravaggio sought adventure and, ultimately, his own ruin. Inspiration can be found anywhere, even in the degradation of the brothel and the filth of the taverns. This stroll through the Roman night lets us discover some of his most beautiful paintings.

The painter’s trajectory comes to life before our eyes, illuminated by sudden flashes of brilliance that evoke human life and flesh in its most sensitive and even morbid aspects, seen here in extraordinary close-up.

Credits

  • Paintings by - Caravaggio
  • Written and Directed by - Matthieu Van Eeckhout
  • Original Music - Editions Gorgone : Jean-Christophe Cheneval
  • Coproduction - ARTE France - Atlas V

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