Matthias Stom-Making the Darkness Conscious

One does not become enlightened by imagining figures of light, but by making the darkness conscious. The quotation from Carl Jung seems apt when discussing the work of this seventeenth century artist, for Matthias Stom is one of the masters of using chiaroscuro to reveal what would usually be hidden. The term, chiaroscuro is defined … Continue reading Matthias Stom-Making the Darkness Conscious

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Beyond Caravaggio

Following on from seeing The Seven Acts of Mercy at the RSC, I thought I had better get to the NG before this exhibition ended, especially as I had read Waldemar Januszczak's review and loved it! http://www.waldemar.tv/2016/11/waldemar-januszczak-on-art-caravaggio-saw-things-in-a-new-light/ I was very much looking forward to seeing Caravaggio's Supper at Emmaus and was not disappointed: The theatrical … Continue reading Beyond Caravaggio

Caravaggio at the RSC

Last week of term and I should have been exhausted, only fit for my bed. Instead, I went off to The Swan Theatre in Stratford to see a new play, The Seven Act of Mercy. Switching between Naples in 1606, and Bootle in 2016, Caravaggio's painting linked the social inequalities of both the 17th and … Continue reading Caravaggio at the RSC