The Passion of Caravaggio
Paulo Martins Oliveira
Following and extending a concept subtly developed by previous masters, Caravaggio merged differentepisodes into single synthesizing images
. This dynamic use of compromise solutions is the key to understanding Caravaggio’s works, such as
The Flagellation of Christ
(Naples), which actually represents different steps of the Passion of Jesus.In this context, for example the ambiguous position of his legs (arriving/leaving the column) isindicative of the protean design employed by the Italian artist.
1A brief example of this concept can be found in the article “Reviewing Konrad Witz – an ingenious artist of the 15thcentury”.1
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