23 04 2015

He burst upon the Rome art scene in 1600 with the success of his first public commissions, the Martyrdom of Saint Matthew and Calling of Saint Matthew. Thereafter he never lacked commissions or patrons, yet he handled his success poorly. He was jailed on several occasions, vandalized his own apartment, and ultimately had a death warrant issued for him by the Pope after killing a young man, possibly unintentionally, on May 29, 1606.[5]

An early published notice on him, dating from 1604 and describing his lifestyle three years previously, recounts that “after a fortnight’s work he will swagger about for a month or two with a sword at his side and a servant following him, from one ball-court to the next, ever ready to engage in a fight or an argument, so that it is most awkward to get along with him.”[6] In 1606 he killed a young man in a brawl and fled from Rome with a price on his head. He was involved in a brawl in Malta in 1608, and another in Naples in 1609, possibly a deliberate attempt on his life by unidentified enemies. This encounter left him severely injured. A year later, at the age of 38, he died under mysterious circumstances in Porto Ercole in Tuscany, reportedly from a fever while on his way to Rome to receive a pardon.

His life reads like a film, a Hollywood blockbuster.

Calendar Girls

23 04 2015

Aug1 Dec3 July3 Mar3 Nov2I did a series of cut and paste images that I called calendar girls. This was before Photoshop. It was laborious. It became an ebook, Calendar Girls.

Anthony Catania

23 04 2015

Terrific story lines. Bizarre images. Wonderful stuff.


Tatiana Cordoba

23 04 2015

I like the mix of painting and collage. The figures almost seem to be dissolving into the background wallpaper. Images seeping into images. Like layers of metaphors. (Maybe not metaphors.) But like cells of an animation, each one contributing but separate from the whole. (Maybe I should go back to metaphor. This is usually where I go back, erase everything and start over.)

my grandson could do that…

23 04 2015

my grandson could do David Halliday