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March 24, 2018

How To Look At Art: Know How Artists Think

Supper at Emmaus, 1606, Michael Caravaggio, Brera Art Gallery, Milan
Supper at Emmaus, 1606, Michael Caravaggio, Brera Art Gallery, Milan

Curiosity is mother of creativity.  Artists that succeed are seriously curious. Curiosity - ability  to  treat  all  experiences  as  sources  of  inspiration -  gives  them  intellectual material with which to create, a purpose and meaning to life, and a passion that fires imagination.  

Creative  geniuses  think  not  'what  is',  but  'what  can  be'.  Great  Italian artist, Michael  Caravaggio  (1571-1610),  gives  us  the  masterclass  in  curiosity.  An orphan,  he   had   to   apprentice   in  art   studios  from  the   young   age,  perfecting composition  and  the  way  to  model  the  human  form  and  gesture.  Artistic  style  that prevailed  at  his  time,  Mannerism  of  the  Late  Renaissance  exaggerated  proportion, balance  and  beauty  and  was  dull  and  artificial.  

Caravaggio  wanted  to  find  new realism in painting - a radical realism that would shock. His curiosity led him to optics; optics then was what the digital technologies are now. He learned everything to know about   lenses   -   convex,   biconvex   and   concave   -   and   eventually   developed chiaroscuro, the innovative technique of dramatic contrasts of light and shadow.

This started  Baroque,  a  new-age  art  of  intense  expression  and  action  that  made  great impact  on  the  arts,  science  and  humanities.  Caravaggio worked  only  for  short  14 years, but powered by creativity his legacy is lasting. Is curiosity the mother of it all? Commission  or  buy  Kenyan  art,  original  or  prints,  for  your  home  and  office.  

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