Today is the anniversary of the birth, in 1571, of Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio.

I made up my mind to only post one sample of his work and finally settled on what I think is my favorite, The Taking of Christ (1602).  No doubt Mrs. P can say something erudite and scholarly on the subject, but I just love the use of light and shadow in this work and perhaps more importantly, the movement: Christ is caught almost literally in a torrent that flows from right to left.  I’ve always loved that.

Oh, what the heck! Here’s another favorite of mine:

The Incredulity of Saint Thomas (1602)

Powerful.  Powerful.