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

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office.

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