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The Cardsharps was painted in 1954, during a moment when Caravaggio was transitioning from the traditional still life baskets to portraits and religious pieces. One year later he would conclude his first proper religious painting, St Francis in Ecstasy. In this year he started producing portraits of people and deepening his Naturalist painting skills. It’s also during this period when he began to add more dramatic lightning into his paintings and started studying the influence of chiaroscuro and tenebrism from the Renaissance.
Before that, he did other portrait studies and created impressive and intriguing scenes like The Cardsharps. This painting has a strong relationship with the viewer. Caravaggio did this Masterpiece that soon drew the attention of Cardinal Francesco Maria del Monte, that was so appalled by the excellence of the piece that offered Caravaggio a place to stay in his household, just when he started having conflict with Giuseppe Cesari and left his home.
In this painting, the players are engaged in an early version of Poker, the game of Primero. The dupe has his back turned to the viewer stares the two players in front of him. However, he is cheating, holding two cards that are placed under his belt. The viewer can see the cheating dupe, but he can’t do anything about it. It is an intriguing and different type of relationship between the viewer and the piece, and this connection, never seen to this date, was highly repeated throughout the history of art.
It’s possible to establish a connection between the character on the right-hand side and the dupe. A peculiar character is looking at the boy’s cards and signing to the dupe. Both the dupe and the cheat wear colorful yellow striped gowns and feathered hats. The cheat as his eye locked on the boy’s cards as he signals with his hand to the dupe. The boy is completely unaware of all of this. The viewer can neither see the boy’s card or the right eye of the cheat, that is strategically hidden behind the boy’s hat.
The whole scene is represented with warm colors and has a welcoming and cozy environment. They are most likely placed in a gambling house of some sort. The table is covered with a fancy red tablecloth, and there are game parts on top of it. All the characters are nicely dressed. The background is yellow but shows no details of architecture.
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