Sunday, December 5, 2010

Conversion of St. Paul, Caravaggio

Caravaggio painted two paintings on this subject. He blends the medieval story with the Biblical story of events while also conveying the sense of misunderstanding that most likely coincided with the actual event. 

I do find it interesting that in a painting depicting the blinding of Saul/Paul by what the Bible claims to be a flash of light, it is a exceptionally dark picture. Perhaps this is to symbolize Paul's darkness in the moment, in judgment and also in physical sight. 

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