Report for the Art Appreciation Group U3A El Morche
The Art Appreciation group met at Parquesol, El Morche. The following questions were asked:
1. Caravaggio introduced real people into religious paintings. Does the group like this? Do we think he was a religious man or just a religious painter?
Yes, we all like ordinary people in religious paintings. It makes the stories realistic. It bring the point home. We all felt that we could put names to the faces. We loved his style and attention to detail. The hands and the faces were amazing. The people were alive. They looked like the person next door.
Andrew Graham Dixon explained that Caravaggio had a vast knowledge of the bible but most people did in those days. The Catholic Church provided most of the education. Also, the Catholic Church gave out commissions for Works of Art. They were the main employer so it was a case of knowing your market. Caravaggio was not a religious man in his personal life. He was a gifted, religious painter, but did not live a secular life.
2. Was he persecuted? Why?
He was chased by the Mafia because of his decadent life style and his affairs. He was considered to like both men and women sexually and therefore did not conform to the ideals of the Catholic Church, his main employer. He had a temper and a criminal record for things like getting the wrong sauce on his artichokes!! He was not a likeable man. A brilliant painter but not likeable.
3. Who killed him and where?
Everyone has different theories. Andrew Graham Dixon thought it was Mafia, Catholic Church and Knights of Malta conspiracy. I think it was Mafia. Other people think is was Knights of Malta. We will never know, but it is great fun to speculate. I must admit the more research I do, the more confused I get. This is like” Who killed JFK? “
Next meeting is an outing to Malaga. We will visit the special exhibition at the Thyssen Malaga. Please meet outside the art gallery at 11 am. We will go for lunch afterwards. The Torrox people will get the bus just before 10 at the bus station. As usual please consider researching a painting and then reporting on this. Please check with me before your prepare to avoid overlap. Let me know you are coming along so we wait for you and liaise about buses!!
I propose a break over the summer. The next meeting will be in 10 September at 11am at Parquesol, El Morche where we will look at a DVD on JW Turner. I will lead the discussion. Roger Martinez promises to dazzle us with an insight into Gainsborough in October. I will remind you nearer the time.