Stark contrasts are a recurrent theme in Caravaggio’s works and is exemplified in this painting on many layers. What do you think of Caravaggio? I campi obbligatori sono contrassegnati *. D’Arpino was a very successful artist at the time, described as a man of ambition and testy temperament, and there is allegedly one incident when his anger and passion for vengeance got the best of him. Coincidently, the colour yellow is often associated with greed. Moreover, had Bacchus been mortal, his health would have eventually suffered likewise. Post was not sent - check your email addresses! [6], Corriere della Sera Corriere Salute, pp. Change ), You are commenting using your Google account. Was it actually a contrived set up for Caffarelli-Borghese to get his hands on some of the best paintings in Italy at the time? The failings and anecdotes of an average Aussie woman, Tiling.Renovation. Like this post? The Young Sick Bacchus (Italian: Bacchino Malato), also known as the Sick Bacchus or the Self-Portrait as Bacchus, is an early self-portrait by the Baroque artist Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio, dated between 1593 and 1594. This is the page where I will share my thoughts about football, my memories and funny stories. The toga, covering very little of his physic. Why should this rot be none other than Botritys Cinerea, also known as the noble rot, which afflicts grapes yet produces superb, delectably sweet wines? While some sustain that the he was recovering from malaria, others point to a liver related illness to explain the jaundice, but the most probable and widely accepted account is that he was recovering from a wound to the leg caused by a horse kick. No longer virtuous and splendidly ideal, no longer absolute, Bacchus’s painful smile denotes a beauty that is fragile and transient, shifting between the margins of morality, tainted by desire, deformed by decay, and as complex as the reality of living is. He then spent two years creating this picture. Caravaggio. What’s more, the divine clothed in a natural, imperfect human condition subverts not only superior authority but also the conventional perception of beauty. His body displays a certain boyish physicallity which is however deformed by illness. The colour almost matching the peaches which are on the table. He was subsequently proven innocent, however officials of Pope Paolo V found him in possession of pistols and he was therefore forced to donate his paintings in order to obtain his release. That could not be defined better that “The Nectar of the Gods”. Self-Portrait as Bacchus/Sick Bacchus. Change ), You are commenting using your Twitter account. marketing, social media, & business development, Psychology to Motivate | Inspire | Uplift, just a regular human trying to survive in the city. Sources: Aronson, JK, Ramachandran, M, “The Diagnosis of Art: Caravaggio’s Jaundiced Bacchus”, Di Vito, Mauro, “Iconografia di Caravaggio attraverso gli autoritratti veri e presunti”,  www.arteworld.it, www.caravaggio.org, www.deadlysins.com, www.galleriaborghese.beniculturali.it, www.lartte.sns.it/ripa/iconologia, www.newadvent.org, Il tuo indirizzo email non sarà pubblicato. According to Caravaggio's first biographer, Giovanni Baglione, it was a cabinet piece painted by the artist using a mirror. Experience everything and regret nothing, push boundaries and be understanding to the thoughts and views of others, to establish my own opinions. Questo sito usa Akismet per ridurre lo spam. Sources for this period are inconclusive and probably inaccurate, but they agree that at one point the artist fell extremely ill and spent six months in the hospital of Santa Maria della Consolazione. You can see the shadows cast in his bare leg, indicating where the light is coming from. A panorama is defined as an unbroken view of the whole region surrounding an observer. He died suspiciously while travelling from Naples to Rome. Even his eyes seem to express weakness and suffering. As appealing as it sounds, i think it would take its toll very quickly. According to Caravaggio's first biographer, Giovanni Baglione, it was a cabinet piece painted by the artist using a mirror. Welcome to my panorama. Caravaggio’s Young Sick Bacchus, known also as Bacchino Malato, is an alluring portrayal of illness and vice. This Caravaggio painting is located in the Galleria Borghese in Rome. Yet Caravaggio does not seem to be reprimanding Bacchus’s behaviour, he is so young after all. Next up is the painting The Young Sick Bacchus, also known as the Self-Portrait as Bacchus or Sick Bacchus, made shortly after Caravaggio arrived in Rome from his native Milan. When Zeus did this, his luminosity was so great as to burn Semele alive.