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This painting was completed around the year of 1600 and was commissioned by Monsignor Cerasi for the Chapel of Cerasi. Conversion of St. Paul is from the second set of paintings, as the first one was rejected by the patron. The rejected set of artworks was probably painted during the years before and is currently housed in Odescalchi Balbi Collection in Rome.
This painting is fascinating because it brings a new perspective to many of the criteria established by the Classical and Renaissance painters for so many years. For instance, for many years painters set the scene or the landscape of their artwork where the characters were placed. In this painting, we don’t see any landscape nor architectural elements to give us an idea of where this moment is happening. We know from the Bible that Saul received the divine light from Jesus on his way to Damascus. In this painting, divine intervention is suggested by the use of light. Studies show that Caravaggio took reference in the pieces of Leonardo da Vinci and used them to study the tenebrism, which is very present in this high contrast and dramatic composition.
The elements are all placed on the foreground. While Renaissance masters planned their paintings using a pyramid as a guideline to make sure all the elements were well balanced and stable, this painting evokes the opposite feeling. The weight of the figures is placed on the top of the horizon, with the massive body of the horse, that is laid out close to the observer. Saint Paul is laying down with his arms stretched up as if asking for help or guidance. His body is completely unbalanced and makes us feel a lack of stability. The groom pulls the horse, his face is darkened, and his facial expression shows concern. Of all the characters, Saint Paul is the only one that is truly brightened by the divine light.
The horse has one of the hooves up as if he was about to step on Saint Paul and is being pulled away by the groom. The other exciting aspect of this painting was that, during this time, Caravaggio was deepening his studies on Naturalism. This painting is reasonably clean, but the few elements chosen to be part of it are drawn to perfection, such as the body and head of the horse, the dirt on the ground and the drapery on Saint Paul’s gowns, which spreads on the floor.
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If you have any request to alter your reproduction of Conversion of St. Paul, you must email us after placing your order and we'll have an artist contact you. If you have another image of Conversion of St. Paul that you would like the artist to work from, please include it as an attachment. Otherwise, we will reproduce the above image for you exactly as it is.
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