Caravaggio on Lampedusa

  • Francesco Zucconi


This chapter is written as if standing in front of Caravaggio’s Sleeping Cupid (1608), in the Lampedusa exhibition “Towards the Museum of Trust and Dialogue for the Mediterranean.” It describes the installation constructed around the painting in the island museum and reflects critically on the juxtaposition introduced in media discourse between Caravaggio’s painting and the photograph of Alan Kurdi as well as on the iconography of childhood in humanitarian communications. The chapter examines the potentialities and limits of efforts by scholars, exhibitions, and communications to engage the history of art with current events in the news and on the world geographic and political scene.

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  • Francesco Zucconi
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  1. 1.Iuav University of VeniceVeniceItaly

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