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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

Berardo Collection Museum - One Man’s Personal Art Collection

Reclining Figure: Arched Leg 4/6, Henry Moore, 1969-1970 “Sculpture is an art of the open air. Daylight, sunlight is necessary to it and for me, its best setting and complement is nature.” -  Henry Moore One of the most impressive museums in Portugal is the Berardo Collection Museum in Belém, a short train or tram ride from the center of Lisbon. The permanent exhibition at the museum is the private collection of one man, José Manuel Rodrigues Berardo. It includes works by the likes of Picasso, Mondrian, Magritte, Warhol among others. An afternoon at this museum is merely an introduction to the Berardo Collection. You’ll want to return and appreciate the works on display at a leisurely pace. Entrance is free on Saturdays. This is a late post . These few images of the artworks presented here were taken during my visit to Portugal in April 2016. I’ve arranged them in chronological order except for the Henry Moore outdoor sculpture because this image gives a perspective of t