Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio (1571-1610) - Italian artist.
An innovator of European painting, a fan of realism and a lover of harmoniously fitting self-portraits into his own paintings. It's all about him, Caravaggio. The artist immediately created his compositionally complex paintings on canvas, without a preliminary drawing or sketch. The whole career of Caravaggio in art was accompanied by the struggle of light and shadow, a sharp contrast between them (the so-called “chiaroscuro” style). We see the same thing in the picture “Musicians”.
Three young men, on whom bright daylight falls, in conditionally theatrical costumes are busy preparing for a rehearsal.
A musician with a score sits with his back to the person looking at the picture. There is an inscription on the score that cannot be taken apart (a favorite technique of the artist who liked to sign small fragments in his paintings). In the center, with a lute, sits a young man who tunes her strings. The third young man with a horn is Caravaggio himself, depicting one of the earliest self-portraits. The fourth boy in the picture, Cupid or Cupid, with wings, a quiver of arrows and a bunch of grapes. Cupid's eyes are wet with tears, apparently, the song that the musicians will perform tells about the sorrows of love. Music is a popular topic during the time of Caravaggio, because the church strongly supported the revival and development of music.
The flowering youth of young people harmoniously merges with music and art in the film “Musicians”. The space of the picture is invisible, all four figures do not touch each other and exist as if by themselves and at the same time create a full-fledged composition on a dark background.
In the complicatedly drapery clothing of the youths, the nervousness and intense foreboding inherent in the Baroque style that Caravaggio became addicted to at the beginning of his career is already invisibly discernible.
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