2 euro commemorative coin dedicated to the 450th anniversary of the birth of Caravaggio, Brilliant Uncirculated.
ISSUE DATE: 1st MARCH 2021
Michelangelo Merisi was born in 1571 a Caravaggio, a village near Milan. A restless and troubled painter, he was a genius who profoundly revolutionized the history of art, introducing the study of truth and the violent use of light as a metaphor for God's grace.
On the obverse of the 2 euro coin dedicated to the 450th anniversary of his birth, the penitent Magdalene is depicted, taken from the work of the same name kept at the prestigious Galleria Doria Pamphilj in Rome. Having denied her past worldly life, the girl opens up to divine grace with her hands gently placed in her lap and the jewels left on the ground next to the jar of ointment.
The only ray of light that cuts across the canvas anticipates the dramatizations of the mature phase, which will influence all subsequent European painting.