Works of Mercy

In 1607, during his short stay in Naples, Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio painted an astonishing allegory called Seven Works of Mercy. Through a complex dynamic and a wonderful play between light and shadow, this painting uses different narratives represent the seven corporal works of mercy. Like Caravaggio, I worked with real people. The purpose was to reflect on the contemporary society through the nudity of people with a tough background. This body of work consists in two series and includes both the corporal and spiritual works of mercy. The set is a continuous game of duality through body and spirit, man and woman, light and dark, life and death.

To clothe the naked
To visit the imprisoned
To visit the sick
To give drink to the thirsty
To bury the dead
To feed the hungry
To Shelter the Homeless
To instruct the ignorant
To admonish sinners
To counsel the doubtful
To forgive offences willingly
To comfort the afflicted
To bear wrongs patiently
To pray for the living and the dead
Images from the exhibition at The Barber Institute of Fine Arts in Birmingham, UK.
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