Day Three Paintings: The Cardsharps by Caravaggio

Cheating in card games... I guess people have been doing that as long as they've been playing cards. Everyone hates cheaters, but it continues to happen, so much so that cheating is almost a game of its own. 

The Cardsharps by Caravaggio

The Cardsharps by Caravaggio

The Cardsharps by Caravaggio catches the cheaters in action. There's so much depth in this painting, great use of shadows and light, and the characters look alive. They also look to be about thirteen. 

The table seems a little off, as if it tilts toward the cheater, despite the assistant's hand on the opposite corner. I wonder if this was deliberate, to show that everything tilts toward the cheater? Some sort of commentary on the way the world works? 

I've seen Caravaggio's work in multiple museums, including the St. Louis Art Museum, and I've always liked it. After reading Donna Tartt's The Goldfinch, I have on occasion found myself wondering what work of art I might like to have all to myself (without any of the negative consequences, of course) and I think I'd enjoy a Caravaggio quite a bit. 

Week 29: Something Creative - Look at a Painting Every Day

  1. Van Gogh's The Potato Eaters
  2. Contrasts by Ekrem Yalcindag
  3. The Cardsharps by Caravaggio
  4. Imatra in Wintertime by Akseli Gallen-Kallela
  5. A Sunday on La Grande Jatte by Georges Seurat
  6. Still Life of Fish and Cat by Clara Peeters
  7. Flying and Crawling Mind by Vladimir Manzhos