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Discover the wonders of Caravaggio in Rome. Itineraries and works.

Michelangelo Merisi, known as Caravaggio, was a painting genius, one of the greatest Italian painters. His style has influenced the painting of the following centuries (c.d. “caravaggismo”) and he has literally produced works on canvas that seem really alive. Here is a list of the works of Caravaggio in Rome (one of the cities where he worked the most). Some will leave you speechless. Others are well hidden in small churches but all, surely, will seem to take shape in front of your eyes. The works are mainly in the streets of the historic center of Rome (and could not be otherwise) and are kept in perfect conditions.

The deposition of Christ
The deposition of Christ

The deposition of Christ (Vatican museums)

A monumental work made by Caravaggio. It ‘a very strong work at first impact, but really beautiful, technically has agreed all the critics.

St. John the Baptist
St. John the Baptist

St. John the Baptist (Palazzo Corsini)

It is one of the works dedicated to the saint. This of Palazzo Corsini, typically lit by the light of Caravaggio, is hardly identifiable as the saint but three elements identify it anyway: the stick, the camel’s skin.

John the Baptist (Musei Capitolini)

This work represents St. John the Baptist too (in total there are 8 representations made by Caravaggio). In this work there is the lamb that typically represents the saint. This representation is always in a juvenile form.

The triptych (San Luigi dei Francesi – San Matteo)

In a square near Piazza Navona stands the church of San Luigi dei Francesi. Famous for the works of Caravaggio (the famous triptych since there are mainly 3 works): The Vocation of St. Matthew, the Martyrdom of St. Matthew and St. Matthew and the Angel. These are three works with a strong impact and considered as a watershed for the current caravaggism.

Young man with a fruit basket and other works
Young man with a fruit basket and other works

Young man with a fruit basket and other works (Galleria Borghese)

The Galleria Borghese is probably the place where you will come into contact with the most beautiful works of Caravaggio in one place: Young with fruit basket, Bacchus sick (possible self-portrait), Madonna of the grooms, St. Jerome, St. John the Baptist and David with the head of Goliath, in which Caravaggio portrays himself in the face of the decapitated giant.

Judith and Holofernes

Judith and Holofernes (Palazzo Barberini)

Two other masterpieces are at the Palazzo Barberini: Judith and Holofernes, famous at the time for provoking reactions of horror and surprise among the visitors of the original site, because of its realism and its crudeness. These works have influenced the subsequent works of the artist.

The conversion of St. Paul and the Crucifixion of St. Peter (Piazza Santa Maria del Popolo – Rome)

Two other masterpieces of Caravaggio are those present in the church of Santa Maria del Popolo. You can admire the Conversion of St. Paul and the Crucifixion of St. Peter.

The original versions were different but were rejected by those who had commissioned the work (the crucifixion can no longer be traced). Despite this, these two second versions are wonderful.

Conversion of Saint Paul and Crucifixion of Saint Peter Madonna of Loreto – Madonna of the Pilgrims (Sant’Agostino)

Two other masterpieces of Caravaggio are those present in the church of Santa Maria del Popolo. You can admire the Conversion of St. Paul and the Crucifixion of St. Peter.

The original versions were different but were rejected by those who had commissioned the work (the crucifixion can no longer be traced). Despite this, these two second versions are wonderful.
Madonna of Loreto – Madonna of the Pilgrims (Sant’Agostino)

Continuing the tour of the churches we arrive at Sant’Agostino where we will find the Madonna of Loreto (or also called Madonna of the Pilgrims), which is a painting executed under the order of Cavalletti to decorate the basilica.

La Maddalena Penitente and other works
La Maddalena Penitente and other works

La Maddalena Penitente and other works (Galleria Doria Pamphilj)

In this beautiful gallery there are 3 works of the artist: the penitent Maddalena, resting during the flight into Egypt and one of the identical versions of St. John the Baptist. We are sure that after this incredible tour in Rome to discover Caravaggio, you will be captivated by the talent of this unique artist.

Written by Magister