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DARK ART OF CARAVAGGIO

 Fully private tour that explores the life and times of wayward genius (Michelangelo Merisi da) Caravaggio. Did the rays of light that illuminated his darkest works cast a fair reflection on his immoderate lifestyle? We visit all his paintings in Rome, the places he lived and where it is believed he killed.

 You will enter churches, chapels and galleries to behold Caravaggio's creations. These are special places that reveal a myriad of secret signs from the age of Roman Baroque. Only an expert art historian can point them out to you. In between the paintings, adjoining side streets that were Caravaggio's Rome help us get close to how his life might have been.

 From stock painter for Roman Mannerist Giuseppe Cesari (Cavaliere d'Arpino) at the turn of the 17th century, to his unusual death at 38 in 1610, we can only try to imagine the wild ways and escapades of Caravaggio, Rome's original rebel. The iconoclastic, imperious Old Master.

 He portrayed people in everyday situations with "dramatic chiaroscuro", where a shaft of divine light illuminates the subject from an unclear origin to leave the rest of a scene in shade, setting his work apart from his peers.

 Caravaggio was a hellraiser, he dressed in black with a black dog by his side and prowled the streets around Piazza Navona. His lifelike depictions of prostitutes, gamblers, and the dark side of street life provoked outrage, and he was forgotten in death until the turn of the 19th century.

 In life, Caravaggio was the most famous painter in Rome of his time. Prolific, too, in light of the fact that he was handed many commissions. Powerful Cardinal Scipione Borghese, patron of Bernini, became an avid collector.

 Held in the highest regard by main benefactor and Cardinal Francesco Maria Bourbon del Monte Santa Maria, whose residence was Palazzo Madama (seat of the Senate of the Italian Republic today), Caravaggio lived in the area around Piazza San Luigi dei Francesi until he moved into the palace to paint.

 We explore the places where Caravaggio left his mark, to better understand his use of naturalistic Tenebrism and how it transformed Roman Baroque.

 Caravaggio was an influence on Rembrandt and Rubens, the former practising a theatrical form of "chiaroscuro".

 We conclude with a walk through Villa Borghese Gardens to the Borghese Gallery, for a grand finale in front of the Caravaggio collection with your Baroque historian guide.

 "In painting not equal to a painter, but to nature itself." (Marzio Milesi, August 15th, 1610)

INCLUSIONS

   BAROQUE HISTORIAN GUIDE
   WALKING TOUR OF HISTORICAL ROME
   FIRST ENTRANCE PALAZZO BARBERINI
   FIRST ENTRANCE BORGHESE GALLERY

WHAT TO EXPECT

 Rated 4.8 / 5 by Martin P on April 3rd, 2024  We took a 2.5 hour Caravaggio tour with another operator and it missed out most of his works! - so disappointed so we decided to push the boat out and go with Eternal Tours Rome. This full day tour is as good as it gets in Rome and our guide, Paolo, a brilliant docent. Thank you, Eternal Tours!

 Rated 5 / 5 by Tim L on April 26th, 2022  A brilliant tour with Diana, fantastic guide originally from Florence. The greatest tour we've ever taken.

PRICES

   BASE PRICE: €599
  2 TRAVELLERS + €60
  3 TRAVELLERS + €120
  4 TRAVELLERS + €180
  5 TRAVELLERS + €240
  6 TRAVELLERS + €300
  7 TRAVELLERS + €360
  8 TRAVELLERS + €420
  9 TRAVELLERS + €480

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