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Title: Caravaggism in Rome and Naples : case studies in connoisseurship
Author: Thom, Aaron James
ISNI:       0000 0004 5368 1612
Awarding Body: University of Aberdeen
Current Institution: University of Aberdeen
Date of Award: 2015
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This dissertation reveals new findings on the art of some infrequently studied followers of the revolutionary Italian painter Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio (1571–1610). Investigations pertaining to many of Caravaggio's followers are still in their infancy, and most of the artists selected for this research project are rarely written about in English, ensuring that a range of unfamiliar foreign publications is drawn upon. As attribution and dating are inherent problems in this field, the art of Caravaggio and his followers is intrinsically linked to matters of connoisseurship. Through case-study analyses, this dissertation will explore the authorship of paintings by selected Caravaggists working in Rome and/or Naples, mainly in the two decades following Caravaggio's death. New perspectives and material on outstanding issues of attribution, style, technique and iconography will be detailed in order to present contextual accounts of these post-Tridentine pictures. The majority of paintings selected are religious images, although genre and mythological subjects are also included. The dissertation is divided into five chapters: topics range from one painting to one city, through one artist to various artists. The decision to select chapters of such diverse topics was a conscious means of presenting the medley of problems surrounding scholarship on the Caravaggisti. The first chapter provides an account of the seventeenth-century masterpiece Christ displaying his wounds (Perth Museum and Art Gallery, Scotland), broadening existing research and presenting a narrowing of the attribution following its conservation. The second chapter details the Caravaggesque work of Bartolomeo Cavarozzi. The third and fourth chapters fill the lacuna of research on Tommaso Salini and the so-called 'Pseudo-Salini,' a collective term for several artists. The final chapter assesses the impact of Caravaggio's career in Naples and the legacy that he left artists that lived there during his own time, as well as those who worked there a generation later.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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