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Boy Bitten by a Lizard by Caravaggio

    Boy Bitten by a Lizard by Caravaggio

    Boy Bitten by a Lizard by Caravaggio was created in 1594-95. The painting is in National Gallery, London. The size of the work is 66 x 49,5 cm and is made as an oil on canvas.

    An effeminate youth recoils in pain as he is bitten by a lizard, which clings tenaciously to his finger. In the foreground is a magnificent still life of fruit, with a rose and sprig of jasmine in a glass vase. Look closely and you can see the reflection of a room in the curved surface of the vase. The painting may have an allegorical meaning, and possibly refers to the pain that can derive from love. (Read more in National Gallery, London)

    About the Artist: Italian painter Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio was born in Milan. During the final four years of his life he moved between Naples, Malta, and Sicily until his death. His paintings have been characterized by art critics as combining a realistic observation of the human state, both physical and emotional, with a dramatic use of lighting, which had a formative influence on Baroque painting. Caravaggio employed close physical observation with a dramatic use of chiaroscuro that came to be known as tenebrism… Read more


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