Part 3.Caravaggio's secrets.
Free guided tours series in english in the Caravaggio to Canaletto exhibition's masterpieces.
John Thomas Spike is a noted art historian, author and lecturer, specializing in Italian Renaissance and Baroque art. We would like kindly ask to join and enjoy the fabulous guide by John T. Spike.
This portrait of a knight of Malta was painted either in 1608, when he was in Malta, or in the following year, when he fled from Malta to Messina,Sicily. The model is Fra Antonio Martelli, who came from an aristocratic Florentine family. He was then aged 74, a member of the Order of the Knights of Malta and Prior of Messina and Hungary. A survivor of many battles, and still full of strength and commanding respect even in his older years, Caravaggio depicted him in a three-quarter-length portrait, dressed in the apparel of the Order. The defender of the faith holds a sword in one hand, a rosary in the other, and on his chest he bears the eight-pointed cross of the Order, still in use today.
The Order of the Knights of Malta occupied the island in 1530, and fought battles against the Turks almost from the start. During the siege of 1565, Martelli was one of 500 knights who, supported by a few thousand soldiers, and vastly outnumbered by the Turkish army, miraculously defendedMaltafrom invasion. In the 1600s, the Order regarded piracy as the chief form of combat against the Muslims.
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