Old photography studio in the centre of Valletta, Malta
photographer: Robert SCHILDER date: 1990
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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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©: Robert Schilder