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The first artist I have chosen is Bartolomeo Manfredi 1582 - 1622 He was an Italian painter born in Mantuua and active mainly in Rome where he was one of the most important Caravaggios followers He specialized in low-life scenes of taverns soldiers in guard-rooms card playing and it was he rather than Caravaggio himself who was mainly responsible for popularizing this kind of work particularly with painters from France and the Netherlands who came to Italy1 Inspite of his contemporary reputation no works survive that are signed or documented as his Several of the forty or so paintings now given to him were formerley attributed to Caravaggio One example being The Concert in the Uffizi Florence Italy2 The piece I was able to view is Cupid Chastised the medium is oil on canvas 1605 The size of this piece is 1753 X 1306 cm He paints during the Boroque period and captures the exact moment Mars the god of war beats cupid for causing his affair with Venus and this exposed him to the derision of the other gods The center of our focus is on the red outfit worn by Mars we see his one hand holding Cupid down on the brown wood floor while the other is coiled to strike Cupids white unclothed bottom The two pieces of rope about a foot long with knots at the end look much like to snakes coiled and ready to strike Then we notice Venus her dress is a dark green flowing behind her as she has run over to stop Mars by attempting to grab his arm with the rope in it The dress is torn exposing her right bossom but we can sense compassion in her facial expression In her right hand she appears to have grabbed an arrow off the floor and I get the feeling she may use the arrow to stop Mars Manfredi bring
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