When considering torture and terror, the first question of relevance is, Do we require an experience of torture and terror first hand, either as a survivor or as a witness, to be credible on the subject?
I study the painting, the face of my past. I miss my brother. But even as the tears roll out once more, I feel a love and connection that will never leave. I take a deep breath as the bigger picture settles my soul.
Bodies and Shadows: Caravaggio and His Legacy studies that moment in art history when artists began to break away from aesthetic traditions and take a dive into the real-life physical and emotional drama of human existence.
You see, I was dipping into a little of that meditation on the million points of the physical with bits of light in the spaces between them, in my drawings, so I was easily seduced. Then came a period where it was all about me and critics be damned, I loved you Georgia O'Keeffe.
Since September 23rd, the oil painting of a young man leaning over a lake, attributed to Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio, has been on display in the Museum of Fine Arts in Havana. After the listlessness of August, this art exhibit brings back to us the sensation of being a part of the world.