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Paolo Amadio to speak on Caravaggio at the Cazenovia Public Library

— All are invited to join local resident Paolo Amadio in the Cazenovia Public Library Community Room at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 21, for a discussion of “Caravaggio (Michelangelo Merisi): His Life and Work in Baroque Rome.”

Caravaggio (Michelangelo Merisi) is considered the most enigmatic, fascinating and rebellious artist of the early Baroque period: irascible, bad-tempered, introspective and yet unique in his fresh and ground-breaking interpretation of secular and religious paintings.

Amadio will explore Caravaggio’s impact on the artistic life of Rome in the early 1600s as well as his revolutionary pictorial techniques and themes. Caravaggio’s daring life will be analyzed in parallel to the conception and development of his paintings and in the context of the Counter-reformation. In his short life, Caravaggio was indeed a “pittore maledetto,” but he created and fostered an artistic movement and a school that turned upside down the prevailing style and practices of pictorial art.

Amadio is a big fan of Caravaggio and has been studying and admiring the intricacies and awe-inspiring messages of his art for many years. Born and raised in Rome, Italy — not too far from where Caravaggio lived and worked for many years — Amadio is now a Cazenovia resident where he enjoys, along with his wife Marilyn, what this wonderful village has to offer.

“Caravaggio (Michelangelo Merisi): His Life and Work in Baroque Rome” is free and open to the public. For more information on Amadio’s Nov. 21 presentation or other events at the Cazenovia Public Library, call 655-9322 or visit cazenoviapubliclibrary.org.

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