The Incredulity of Saint Thomas (1601-02) by Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio

The Incredulity of Saint Thomas - Caravaggio - 1601-02

Artwork Information

TitleThe Incredulity of Saint Thomas
MediumOil on Canvas
Dimensions42 1/8 x 57 1/2 in.
Current LocationNeues Palais, Potsdam

About The Incredulity of Saint Thomas

The painting ‘The Incredulity of Saint Thomas’ by Michelangelo Merisi Da Caravaggio is a significant artwork that portrays the moment when Jesus appeared to his disciples, specifically focusing on Thomas. The painting is situated within a Romanesque archway and features four intimate figures set against a dark background. Caravaggio uses the chiaroscuro technique in this piece, representing doubt through shadows that sweep over St. Thomas.

When St. Thomas touches Christ’s wound, he is drawn into the light represented in the painting, aligning their hands to form a lance. His surprised expression could potentially depict his unbelief at what is happening before him. Interestingly, Jesus does not have a halo around his head in this painting, emphasizing the corporeal nature of Christ on earth.

Overall, ‘The Incredulity of Saint Thomas’ is one of Caravaggio’s most significant works and showcases his use of lighting techniques to create an engaging narrative through line. It remains an essential art piece famous worldwide for its unique composition and historical significance.

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