|Half-length Figure of a Young Man (possibly a
Bacchus), Giovanni Caracciolo.
|Way to Calvary, Giovanni Caracciolo
|Saint John the Baptist,
|Sick Bacchus, 1593-94,
Although Caracciolo's painting Half-length Figure of a Young Man (top) is undated, it's not hard to see the similarities to Car-avaggio's Sick Bacchus (above) from 1597, with which Caracciolo seems to have been familiar. The pose, the lighting, even the sparkling look of mischief can be seen as an emulation of Caravaggio. It is unfortunately difficult to tell whether Carac-ciolo's canvas was originally part of a figure of Saint John the Baptist, though this seems improbable due to the lack of the characteristic sheepskin clothing across his loins. However, the youth's air of coarseness and his enticing smile seem far removed from a religious representation. These qualities seem to suggest instead a figure of Bacchus. The painting's inspir-ation could still derive from the Saint John the Baptist since this was one of Cara-vaggio's last works painted in Naples, and among his best-known compositions. Car-acciolo has retained the idea of the figure resting on an elbow and the felicitous placing of one hand gently across the other forearm.
|Presumed portrait of
Giovanni Caracciolo, 1773
|Baptism of Christ, 1610, Giovanni Caracciolo.
|The Young Saint John in the Wilderness,
1610-20, Giovanni Battista Caracciolo.
|Sleeping Cupid, Giovanni Battista Caracciolo
|The Sacrifice of Abraham
after 1610, Giovanni Caracciolo