RARA-AVIS: did Caravaggio invent film noir?

From: Frederick Zackel ( fzackel@wcnet.org)
Date: 15 Nov 2005

A question from the November 13th New York Times book review:

"And then, of course, the wheel turned again: today, the dirty feet of Caravaggio's models don't distract us from his formal beauty - gosh, we're inured to Nan Goldin - and we live in an age when anyone with a Metropolitan Museum of Art wall calendar will instantly recognize Caravaggio's mature style, gorgeous and stark with its dramatic angled lighting, deeply shadowed backgrounds - did Caravaggio invent film noir? - and muscular, often contorted figures."


By the way, this new Jonathan Harr book, THE LOST PAINTING, is a very good read.

Frederick Zackel

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