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Concert - Lionello Recession. 138x177
The Spada artist studied painting at the Bologna Academy, but, having visited Rome, Naples and Malta, the cities in which his senior colleague Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio lived and worked, fell under the influence of his work, a little similar to the academic art of Bologna masters.
In this picture, the painter depicted concert preparation. The leader of a small ensemble gives out scores, the boy-vocalist inspires one of the musicians with inspiration, the rest of the upcoming performance tunes the instruments. The action takes place in a dark room, where the light pours, reviving the multi-colored robes - a technique dating back to Caravaggio's painting. But if he accurately directed magical light reveals drama in the depicted, then in Spada the lighting is more diffuse and makes the scene cozy.
The main thing that his follower took from Caravaggio was his desire to express the truth of life, although representatives of the Bologna school of painting gravitated towards this in their own way. But neither the dramatic and extremely honest view of reality, which was characteristic of Caravaggio, nor the lofty and academic nature of the Spada Bologna inherited. However, the picture reigns in that light, laid-back mood that was inherent in the early works of the first.
In the world around him, Spada was able to catch and transfer to the canvas a cheerful and light noise that sounds like music to him. The moment of tuning the instruments was probably more interesting to him than the concert itself, since it made it possible to present a live scene and portray characters in different states.