Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio was the embodiment of troubled genius. He revolutionised 16th/17th century art and practically invented the cinematic close-up, but he was lonely, prone to fits of depression and anger, in constant debt and in and out of prison. He ended his life as an exile and a murderer - but his paintings speak to the modern world as no other classical painter. In this richly illustrated talk, we look at the painter's modest beginnings, chart his rise to fame and fall to infamy, but above all we look at his startlingly original and emotional art.Views: 186 | Enquiries: 0
I am an American journalist based in the North West for the last 15 years. I have written extensively on art themes for radio documentaries and the New York-based art magazine ARTnews, and now speak regularly to such groups as the WI, Mother's Union, Probus, Masonic Lodges, U3A and various other community leisure groups. I have a colourful background including years of broadcasting in the Netherlands and Switzerland, so I am a professional and engaging speaker. I have travelled extensively for my work and am multi-lingual. I have also worked as writer-in-residence at HMP Lancaster Castle (it closed as a prison in 2011) and I am now part of the Regional Heritage Centre at Lancaster University.
I live in the beautiful Lune Valley village of Wray and travel within approximately one hour radius for live speaking engagements. For those further afield, I am available via Zoom. Please contact me to discuss your needs - you won't be disappointed.
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