Caravaggio Syracuse Saint Lucy

by Alain Chivilò


At the end of the sixteenth century in the highest and most refined cultural epic along an Italian’s Renaissance almost projected to the seventeenth century. A strong temperament that didn’t tell anyone, even in self-defense. The last decade of his life was as a man and artist on the run. Michelangelo Merisi known as Caravaggio (Milan, 29/9/1571 – Porto Ercole, 18/7/1610).

Burial of Saint Lucy – Seppellimento di Santa Lucia – cm 408×300, oil on canvas, 1608, Syracuse, Basilica Sanctuary of Saint Lucy to the sepulchre.

The altarpiece was painted in Syracuse in two months and was made for the celebrations of December 13, 1608, dedicated every year to the Christian Martyr.

A light that is not oriented and uniform but capable of providing anguish, pain and drama to the entire work. The body lies on the ground now lifeless with a visible cut on the neck. The presence of the gravediggers is strong, apparently the main one, but their posture opens directly to the body of Saint Lucia, the true protagonist of the altarpiece and then opens up to the people amid tears, prayer and pain. A theme about beheading involved Caravaggio in his last years of life biographically.



©AC, NDSL, AM, Alain Chivilo

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