Graphic Novel: Caravaggio: A Light Before the Darkness by Ken Mora


The artists Caravaggio, who was born Michelangelo di Merisi, da Caravaggio (1571-1610) was the premiere master of Baroque era painting. He pioneered a style of rendering, termed Chiaroscuro or Tenebrism, to accentuate an uncompromised realism in representing the suffering of the holy family and saints. While it is thought that his works brought the faithful back to the pews of the church during the Counter Reformation, his own life was marred by profound violence and duality.

Caravaggio: A Light Before the Darkness is a  graphic novel treatment that seeks to explore the hidden conflicts and motivations of the disparity between the artist’s sacred renderings for the church and his own profane reputation.

“I reject the ‘straight-washing’ of an artist whose reputation was molded by his contemporary rivals for Church patronage,” says author Ken Mora. “I sought in my research to delve into the root motivations of he who was Rome’s premiere painter, who also had the reputation for debauchery and murder which exiled him from Rome.”  ◊

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