Film paying tribute to Caravaggio – the world’s most famous painting murderer – premieres in NYC, july 2

Derek Stonebarger’s award winning directorial debut tells the story of the controversial and revolutionary Italian painter Caravaggio reincarnated as a modern Las Vegas artist.
Jun 24, 2011 – The epitome of an anti-hero, Caravaggio is the world’s most famous painting murderer. Now considered to be the most popular Italian artist, even topping Michelangelo, the 17th century creative genius was accused of, among other things, murder, assault and consorting with the devil. With his rule-breaking, fist-throwing and outlaw mentality, if the controversial and
revolutionary Italian painter were alive today, he’d most likely live in Las Vegas.Such is the premise of independent filmmaker Derek Stonebarger’s award winning directorial debut I.M. Caravaggio, which gets its New York premiere, an exclusive one night only screening, on July 2 as part of the third annual NewFilmmakers Summer Fest at the Anthology Film Archives Theater.”In the 17th century, the churches in Rome had the power, the money and most of the major commissions,” Stonebarger said. “Today the power and money is in Vegas. The major players – Steve Wynn, Donald Trump, The Hiltons, The Maloofs – they would all be hiring Caravaggio, were he alive, to paint masterpieces in the new world churches – the casinos.”

Caravaggio, who was active in Rome, Naples, Malta, and Sicily between 1593 and 1610, would most likely feel at home in Sin City, which has been ruled for 12 years by a former lawyer that represented mobsters, in other ways as…. READ MORE ON “PRLOG” 

 

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