If you’re in or around Louisville, Kentucky, get down to Speed Art Museum by June 5th.
The museum, in association with the Foundation for Italian Art and Culture, has brought to the US a few paintings by the Italian master Caravaggio.
These pieces are rarely seen outside of Italy, so it’s quite a treat. Especially exciting is his masterpiece entitled The Fortune Teller, created in 1595.
On loan from the Capitoline Museum and Picture Gallery in Rome, it depicts a young woman reading the palm of a foppish young man, while surreptitiously slipping a gold ring off his finger.
It looks like there’s been unscrupulous types in this business for some time now.
Though it might portray the worst of the trade, it’s a gorgeous painting and well worth seeing in person.
And if you’re interested in themes of fortune-telling in art, you might want to check out Mary K. Greer’s webinars, Cartomancers in Western Art, Part 1 and 2 (available for download), or cruise around her website. She’s done a lot of incredible work on the subject.