The Caravaggio Project

Homage to Caravaggio_1

Homage 1: Image transferred to canvas via "spolvero" technique, oil on canvas, 60x70 cm

Homage to Caravaggio_2

Homage 2: Image transferred to canvas via “observational drawing” technique, oil on canvas, 50x70cm

Homage to Caravaggio_3

Homage 3: Image transferred to canvas via "quadrettatura" technique, oil on canvas, 45x65cm

The Caravaggio Project represents an intensive immersion into the methodologies, materials and dramatic philosophies of the artist Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio (1571-1610). The research into the history and practical application encompassed two years of study with Dr. Roberta Lapucci through Studio Art Centers International.

The research included visiting the original painting at the Musei Capitolini, Rome and efforts to obtain original pigments such as lead white, vermilion, Naples yellow and earth colors for use when possible and legally attainable.

Application was successful only through trial and error; removal and repainting of paint and glazes. Three master copies were made in the interest of delving into not just the work of Caravaggio, but in exercising the modern ideas of learning with the influence of Bloom's Taxonomy and other educational philosophies. This project was a vehicle to inform the artist's ideas, methodologies and resourcefulness with the intent of personal creative fulfillment.

L. K. chose to study Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio for his genius in the dramatic staging and life-like rendering of his subjects. The Caravaggio Project provided a once in a lifetime opportunity to gain a deep practical and applicable knowledge of historical painting in the context and physical presence of Caravaggio's works and the experts who conserve and preserve his legacy.