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Cupid as Victor (Amor Vincet Omnia) by Caravaggio

    Cupid as Victor (Amor Vincet Omnia) by Caravaggio

    Cupid as Victor (Amor Vincet Omnia) by Caravaggio was created in 1602. The painting is in Gemaldegalerie, Berlin. The size of the work is 156,5 x 113,3 cm and is made as an oil on canvas.

    Cupid seems to be seated on a blue star-studded globe, that is, triumphant over the whole world; at the same time, the celestial sphere refers to the art of astronomy. However, it seems to have been inserted by the painter at the end. The boy is not actually sitting on the flat part of the globe, but on a ledge over which the drapery falls on the right and on which Cupid is laying his left leg. As the x-ray and the continuous pentimento show, the edge was originally continued beyond the contour of the body on the left, but was then erased by the painter, painted over and replaced by the globe as a sitting motif. (Read more in Gemaldegalerie, Berlin in Deutsch)

    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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