My love for pretty much all things rococo is pre-dated by an almost equal, albeit different love for the Baroque period.
It is something I often try to reflect in some of my schemes i.e. slightly darker shades infused with flashes of light. An example would be some of the darker shades of paint I designed in conjunction with, "The Little Greene Paint Company." Using the tones of for example Rachel's Chinoiserie, Peacock Garden or Lace Cap Hydrangea on walls I effectively set a background from which to light the room with lighter coloured objet d'art. When done properly, the results can be incredibly striking.
There are few artists who are as associated with this period than Caravaggio. While many historical accounts portray him as a rather troublesome and unsavoury character, the quality of his work is beyond question.
Many of his works include self portraits, such as the character to the right of this painting entitled 'The Taking of Christ'.
He can also be seen in the following piece, Bacchus hidden in the carafe of wine. His 1597 oil painting Bacchus, one of his most acclaimed works which hangs in Florence's Uffizi Gallery.
It shows a man, thought to be Caravaggio at the age of 25, with dark curly hair, peeping out from the inside of the carafe.
He is holding a paint brush and working at an easel. The tiny figure's nose, eyes and the collar around his neck are visible.
The self-portrait appears in the reflected light that plays on the surface of the wine.
His paintings and indeed the period are not to everyone's taste. The subjects are often dark and extremely dramatic.
Those lucky enough to possess such a work are likely to display it in a large space where the depth of the subject can be fully appreciated.
That said, one does not need rooms of museum-type dimensions to create the look. Carefully planning the right piece of art and placing it within a space of suitable proportions means the grand, bold and dramatic nature of this period need not be prevented from being exhibited in smaller rooms. For this reason, I shall continue to use the Baroque period as inspiration for future projects where I feel it fits with the clients tastes and preferences.
Finally, it would be remiss of me not to confess to the other reason I adore Caravaggio. It is because the racehorse Caravaggio won magnificently here in the second race on the first day of Royal Ascot this year. Consequently, this handsome Colt and my winning flutter has accelerated my path towards acquiring the next beautiful oil painting I have my eye on. He will never know but I will be eternally grateful!
Simply can't wait to visit the National Gallery later in the year for the 'Beyond Caravaggio' exhibition. The exhibition will run from 12 October 2016 to 15 January 2017 and is sure to be an incredible experience.