VALENTIN DE BOULOGNE 1/3 – In the 17th century, Rome was the cultural capital of Europe, and many artists aspiring to feel the masterpieces of Michelangelo and Caravaggio. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CWjXdvzdyIU Valentin de Boulogne was among them. He was greatest French follower of Caravaggio, but his career was short-lived, because he died at age 41. Caravaggio used new kind of art: under a raking light, he loved painting directly from the observed model.
VALENTIN DE BOULOGNE 2/3 – His survived works include around seventy-five paintings. He was born in 1591, in the small town Coulommiers (not far from Paris) as the son of a painter. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3aII_97trNg He arrived in Rome in 1614 with a strong desire to make a name for himself. He died young, at the height of his powers, but you can perceive his narrative trajectory full of naturalism, beyond lived reality.
VALENTIN DE BOULOGNE 3/3 – He was committed to depicting distinct individuals rather than abstracted types. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vKdOKDy41Kg His most frequent subjects were themes associated with Caravaggesque painting: scenes with music, drinking and fortune-telling. Valentin himself was fond of carousing and fine wine. As you can discover, his lighting is a pervasive and appealing grey murk. But Valentin’s greatest achievements were in the field of dramatic narratives in Allegory of Italy, with perhaps the most
extreme statement of naturalism.
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