Artibus et Historiae no. 7 (IV)

1983, ISSN 0391-9064

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CARLO DEL BRAVO - The Meaning of Light in Caravaggio and Gianlorenzo Bernini

Developing a proposal made by Maurizio Calvesi, the light in the works of the 1600's by Caravaggio is here considered as the metaphor of Grace in the Aristotelian-Scholastic sense of light, and from the analogies established by Domingo Banes, and then carried on by Felice Passero. As for the relationship that Gianlorenzo Bernini intended to establish between his sculpture and light, the distinction is made between radiating light and illumination; the brevity of the radiating time is considered here in connection with Maffeo Barberini's meditations on the passing away of earthly things. Art, though fiction, is exhalted as described in the Filosofia morale by Emanuele Tesauro.

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