Open access lecture by Giovanna Sarno on A New Approach to Caravaggio: Psychobiographical Aspects


Date: 10 October 2022 (Monday), 6:00pm
Venue: New Academic Building, Hall 002, National Academy of Art, 1 Shipka Street, Sofia
Language: English
The Italian art historian and art therapist Giovanna Sarno will visit the National Academy of Art in Sofia to conduct a two-day workshop "Art Therapy as a Remedy: the Past and the Present", which includes a public lecture and a creative workshop involving students from the National Academy of Art, who pursue the Master's degree programmes in Art Therapy and in Psychology of Art.
On 10 October 2022, at 6:00pm Giovanna Sarno will deliver a public lecture on "A New Approach to Caravaggio: Psychobiographical Aspects". Starting from the notion that trauma can also be expressed through the image, the lecture examines famous works of Michelangelo Merisi from a psychological point of view, identifying an identical emotion of fear and pain disguised in different circumstances. Giovanna Sarno traces two recurring motifs in Caravaggio's works: surprise and the violence suffered. The lecture explores how these two lines are separated chronologically, and slowly reach unification in his final masterpiece The Martyrdom of Saint Ursula.
The project is financed under the Programme for the Scientific and Artistic-Creative Activities of the National Academy of Art for Year 2022.
Organisers: Prof. D.Sc. Peter Tsanev and Dr. Lilyana Karadzhova