Sunday, June 10, 2018


By Gregory & Ernest Disney-Britton
“Nativity with St. Francis and St Lawrence” (c. 1609) by Caravaggio in the Oratory of San Lorenzo, in Palermo, Italy
His religious paintings inspired the Baroque movement, and this week Michelangelo Merisi Caravaggio (1571-1610) made it into The New York Times, twice. First, a mobster revealed that Caravaggio's "Nativity," which was stolen from a church in 1969, had been hidden in Switzerland. Second, in honor of Gay Pride Month, the film viewing service Fandor announced it is including the 1986 biopic “Caravaggio,” in this month's "30 LGBTQ+ Films in 30 Days." Historians tell us the artist enjoyed life as an outcast, and had affairs with both men and women. We think Caravaggio would have enjoyed being this week's newsmaker.
Caravaggio is a 1986 British drama film directed by Derek Jarman. The film is a fictionalized re-telling of the life of Baroque painter Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio.
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