Boy Bitten by a Lizard

Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio's "Boy Bitten by a Lizard," painted around 1594-1595, is a remarkably special artwork. This painting depicts a young boy recoiling in pain as a lizard bites his finger. What makes it exceptional is Caravaggio's ability to capture the moment of shock and vulnerability with extraordinary realism. The play of light and shadow intensifies the dramatic impact, drawing attention to the boy's expressive face and the vivid details of the lizard. "Boy Bitten by a Lizard" stands as a testament to Caravaggio's masterful technique and his ability to evoke powerful emotions through his art.

54 cm

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Title: “”Boy Bitten by a Lizard by Caravaggio: A Startling Realism””

Year Painted: 1594-1595

Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio, an esteemed Italian artist of the Baroque era, created a truly remarkable painting that continues to astonish viewers. “”Boy Bitten by a Lizard,”” painted between 1594 and 1595, stands as a testament to Caravaggio’s exceptional talent and his ability to evoke powerful emotions through his art.

This masterpiece portrays a young boy recoiling in pain as a lizard sinks its teeth into his finger. What makes it particularly special is Caravaggio’s extraordinary realism, which captivates the viewer and brings the scene to life. The artist’s meticulous attention to detail is evident in the boy’s expressive face, the texture of his skin, and the intricate features of the lizard.

Caravaggio’s masterful use of light and shadow, known as chiaroscuro, heightens the dramatic impact of the painting. The stark contrast between the illuminated boy and the dark background draws the viewer’s gaze to the central figure and intensifies the sense of shock and vulnerability. The composition leaves a lasting impression, evoking a visceral response in the viewer.

“”Boy Bitten by a Lizard”” is special because it demonstrates Caravaggio’s ability to capture a fleeting moment and freeze it in time. The painting captures the boy’s instantaneous reaction, the split second of pain and surprise. Caravaggio’s realistic portrayal invites the viewer to empathize with the boy’s distress, provoking an emotional response that transcends the canvas.

This artwork has gained significant recognition for its technical brilliance and its departure from traditional artistic conventions of the time. Caravaggio’s innovative approach challenged the norms of idealized beauty, instead embracing the raw and authentic. “”Boy Bitten by a Lizard”” showcases Caravaggio’s ability to capture the human experience in all its imperfections and vulnerabilities.

In conclusion, “”Boy Bitten by a Lizard”” by Caravaggio, painted between 1594 and 1595, is a stunning display of startling realism and evocative storytelling. Its meticulous attention to detail, masterful use of light and shadow, and ability to elicit powerful emotions make it a truly exceptional painting. Caravaggio’s genius lies in his ability to capture the rawness and vulnerability of human experience, leaving a lasting impact on those who encounter his work.

Original size:
50 x 68 cm (width x height)
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40 cm
Maximum order width:
122 cm

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