Roberto Ferri Italian Artist Inspired by Old Masters

Roberto Ferri (born 1978) is an Italian figurative artist and painter from Taranto, Italy, who is deeply inspired by Baroque painters and other old masters of Romanticism, the Academy, and Symbolism.

Ferri is particularly inspired by the works of Caravaggio and the Academy (including Anne-Louis Girodet, Jacques-Louis David, Jean-Louis Theodore Gericault, Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres, William-Adolf Bouguereau, and Charles Gleyre).

His works equal the most skilled figurative painters in the duplication of reality, and depicts a world in which the eye of the artist records and reproduces the order of things in a world where everything works, but there is also the space for evil. Ferri introduces dreams into reality, and the harmonic composition dominates though his subjects often strike twisted poses, with their figures both exactingly human yet triumphant and heroic. Source:

The Right by Roberto Ferry

Inspired by Caravaggio

Boy with a Basket of Fruit, 1594 by Caravaggio

Caravaggio (1571 – 1610) was a leading Italian painter active in Rome, Naples, Malta, and Sicily in the late 16th and early 17th centuries who became famous for the intense and unsettling realism of his large-scale religious works. His paintings combine a realistic observation of the human state, both physical and emotional, with a dramatic use of lighting, which had a formative influence on Baroque painting.

Caravaggio employed close physical observation with a dramatic use of chiaroscuro that came to be known as tenebrism. He made the technique a dominant stylistic element, darkening shadows and transfixing subjects in bright shafts of light. Caravaggio vividly expressed crucial moments and scenes, often featuring violent struggles, torture and death. He worked rapidly, with live models, preferring to forgo drawings and work directly onto the canvas. His influence on the new Baroque style that emerged from Mannerism was profound. It can be seen directly or indirectly in the work of Peter Paul Rubens, Jusepe de Ribera, Gian Lorenzo Bernini, and Rembrandt.

Caravaggio’s innovations inspired Baroque painting, but the Baroque incorporated the drama of his chiaroscuro without the psychological realism. The style evolved and fashions changed, and Caravaggio fell out of favor. In the 20th century interest in his work revived, and his importance to the development of Western art was reevaluated. The 20th-century art historian André Berne-Joffroy stated, “What begins in the work of Caravaggio is, quite simply, modern painting. Source:

He lives Taranto, Italy. You can see his works at Roberto Ferri website.

Roberto Ferri is a contemporary Italian artist inspired by the Old Masters. Do you think contemporary painters could be as interesting and relevant as the Old Masters? What do you think about the art of Roberto Ferri and Italian Baroque painter Caravaggio? Leave a note!

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