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Ecce Homo by Caravaggio

    Ecce Homo by Caravaggio

    Ecce Homo by Caravaggio was created in 1605. The painting is in Musei di Genova. The size of the work is 128 x 103 cm and is made as an oil on canvas.

    The canvas, the origin of which is still unclear, was recorded in the inventory of Palazzo Bianco in 1921 as being a copy by Lionello Spada of a work by Caravaggio. It was identified by Caterina Marcenaro only in 1953 and, the following year, this was confirmed by Roberto Longhi as being the original work of the Lombard master from which derivative copies were drawn, especially those from the Sicilian area. Various hypotheses have been proposed regarding the client and original provenance of this work, but there are certain known facts that allow us to reconstruct the sequence of events upto its “discovery” in the Genoese collection. (Read more in Musei di Genova)

    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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