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Supper with Caravaggio at the Brera

Supper at Emmaus,  Michaelangelo Meresi Da Caravaggio, 1606 One of two paintings created by Caravaggio, this painting from 1606 was completed around the time the artist fled from Rome after he killed Ranuccio Tomassoni, a pimp, in a dispute over a tennis match. Other  reports suggest that the rivalry between the two over a prostitute, Fellide Melandroni, was  the underlying reason for the brawl. This painting is far more somber than an earlier (1601) work now hanging in the National Gallery in London.  Notice the dark background and how light floods the scene  to illuminate the faces of Jesus and his companions. This stark  contrast between light and dark is called chiaroscuro and the application of a dark background or shadow is referred to as  tenebrism. Chiaroscuro   adds depth to the composition and creates a dramatic effect. Feel how the painting pulls the viewer to the open space in front of Jesus and to that moment when He blesses the food on the table. Crucifixion, Gentile da F

Toulouse - The Bull and the Martyr

Rue Saint Taur The history of Toulouse is deeply entwined with its patron saint, Saturnin (Sernin), who was martyred in the third century.  According to legend, Saturnin, the first bishop of Toulouse, was chained to a taur or bull that dragged him down Rue du Taur. The Church of Notre Dame du Taur is standing on the exact spot where the corpse of Saint Saturnin was detached from the bull as it rampaged down the street. Façade of Notre Dame du Taur The Church of Saint Saturnin was renamed Notre Dame du Taur after the Basilica of Saint Sernin was built to accommodate the vast numbers of pilgrims who stopped by Toulouse on their way to the Church of St. James in Santiago de Compostela in Spain.  The genealogy of Jacob, Notre Dame du Taur This 14th century fresco of the genealogy of Jacob was one of the highlights of my visit to Toulouse. Jacob was the son of Isaac and Sarah and the grandson of Abraham. The 12 Tribes of Israel traces its lineage to Jacob. Joseph, the foster father of

Capture Capiz Today Photo Challenge

The enchanting coastline of Ivisan, Capiz I was nominated to share 5 Things I love about Capiz, Philippines for 5 days. #CaptureCapizToday is a photo challenge initiated by the Provincial Government of #Capiz through the Provincial Tourism Cultural Affairs office to promote tourism destinations and attractions in Capiz. (My problem with this challenge was I had so many favorite things about Capiz it was difficult to choose just 5). Please check the links below to learn more about Capiz. The stunning sunset on Baybay Beach, Roxas City The boldly pink Church of Our Lady of Snows in Dumarao, Capiz How to engage in a boodle fight at Bitoy’s on Baybay Beach, Roxas City The picturesque Gugma Beach in Sapian, Capiz is off the beaten path. For more information about tourism sites

Travel Photo Challenge

I was recently challenged by a friend on Facebook to post 10 travel photos for 10 days. I’d like to share with you the images I selected for this challenge. 1. Saint Malo, France 2. Reykjavik, Iceland 3. Ronda, Spain 4. The Sphinx, Giza, Egypt 5. Igreja de Saõ Roque, Lisbon, Portugal 6. El Nido, Palawan, Philippines 7. Bayon, Angkor Thom, Siem Reap, Cambodia 8. Hallstatt, Austria 9. Varenna, Lake Como, Italy 10. Adare, Ireland “One advantage of photography is that it is visual and can transcend language.” — Lisa Kristine ***** Images by TravelswithCharie