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Bachelor of Arts

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James Morrison

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Kevin Moffett

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“All works, no matter what or by whom painted, are nothing but bagatelles and childish trifles... unless they are made and painted from life, and there can be nothing... better than to follow nature." - Caravaggio

In the fall of 2021, I registered to take “Italian Baroque Art” with Professor Gorse at Pomona College, for the spring of 2022. Professor Faggen, one of my advisors, encouraged this and piqued my interest in the characters of this world. After some casual online research, I was transfixed by one artist in particular: Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio. How could I not be struck by the captivating life and legacy of an enigmatic man who continues to defy convention and set the world ablaze with his work? His reputation smeared, revived, and reconsidered countless times, I was hungry to know more. The incomplete picture of Caravaggio is both a blessing and a curse. I started to imagine what the not-insignificant minutiae of his life, and of those closest to him, consisted of. A story began to coalesce, taking the form of one of my favorite narrative modes: television.