Self-Portrait as Mario Minniti in "Boy with a Basket of Fruit" by Caravaggio, 1593

Self-Portrait as Mario Minniti in "Boy with a Basket of Fruit" by Caravaggio, 1593

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Silver halide print on high quality archival paper (100+ year archiving ability).

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Self-Portrait as Mario Minniti in Caravaggio’s “Boy with a Basket of Fruit,” 1593 // I could talk about #Caravaggio A W L DAMN DAY. He is the father of #Tenebrism (#chiaroscuro an steroids basically), #Baroque inspiriter, murderous provocateur, and subversive #GayIcon. I’ll be sure to make a few posts about him to give you his full #Jush. ♀️ This painting, an early work of his, was actually quite revolutionary in that it combined still life with portraiture. We can parallel the ripeness of the fruit (almost to the point of turning) with the boy coming into manhood. The sensuousness of the peaches and grapes mirrored in his facial expression and attention to musculature. Not only was this hybridization not common, but he also took the next step by setting the subject in motion. With his angled posture and open mouth, this is a man on-the-go, possibly making a delivery, possibly darting to brunchskis, who knows..... At this time of his career (aka before it really started) Caravaggio was already breaking rules and setting standards that would later change the art historical landscape. The juiciest piece of this story is the subject of the painting himself, Mario Minniti. He was also a painter and close friend of The Big C... he modeled for him constantly and consistently for the better part of a decade, and it is widely speculated that the two were long term lovers until Minniti married (this is also, not so curiously when he stopped modelando, henny. I see you...)