6198 MALTA -‘The Beheading of St John the Baptist (Caravaggio)’

the beheading of St John the Baptist by Caravaggio

Completed in 1608 in Malta, the painting had been commissioned by the Knights of Malta as an altarpiece; it was the largest altarpiece which Caravaggio would ever paint. It still hangs in St. John’s Co-Cathedral, for which it was commissioned and where Caravaggio himself was inducted and briefly served as a knight. Caravaggio’s service to the Order was brief and troubled, however, as he was soon a fugitive from justice, having escaped while imprisoned for an unrecorded crime. When Caravaggio was defrocked in absentia as a “foul and rotten member” by the Order about six months after his induction, the ceremony took place in the Oratory, before this very painting
further reading Caravaggio´s Maltese inspiration by John Gash

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