Tuesday, March 10, 2009


Heavenly Love and Earthly Love by Giovanni Baglione (1602–1603).

Chiaroscuro\, Chia`ro*scu”ro\, Chiaro-oscuro\, Chi*a”ro-os*cu”ro\, n. [It., clear dark.] (a) The arrangement of light and dark parts in a work of art, such as a drawing or painting, whether in monochrome or in colour. (b) The art or practice of so arranging the light and dark parts as to produce a harmonious effect.


  1. So much like Caravaggio!

    Looked up Baglione's painting:

    "Baglione's Sacred love versus profane love, a response to Caravaggio's Love Victorious, shows an angel (Sacred Love) interrupting a 'meeting' between Cupid (Profane Love) and the Devil (portrayed with the face of Caravaggio)."

    Turns out Baglione loathed Caravaggio...

  2. A lot to be said about Caravaggio...More down to earth comment, electric light really changed our way of percepting things, changed even all our way of thinking, seing the world.
    No more chiaroscuro, after electric light.