ya wanna know why i don't like church art?
because of this ^^^. caravaggio has spoiled me.
i don't hate mormon artists. most of them just put a cringe on my face. and i'm not talking about the paintings of biblical stories. i'm talking about the paintings of imaginary fairy-tale scenes with lots of children and tame animals and lush foliage and perfect sunsets. i'm not going to say specific names or point fingers (i don't feel like offending anyone right now), but i'll tell you that most of those paintings make me wince and whine, "cchheeeezzzzzyyyy."
but when i look at a painting like caravaggio's the incredulity of saint thomas (1601-02), i'm floored.
side note: my friend once painted a fresco of caravaggio's medusa. we could be twins.