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A Modern Take on a Caravaggio Classic, Faucissus

Narcissus is a painting by the Italian Baroque master Caravaggio, painted circa 1597–1599. It is housed in the Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Antica in Rome.

It is thought to capture the story of Echo and Narcissus in Greek mythology.

Echo’s ability to speak was taken away and she could only respond to questions. Narcissus fell in love with his own image.

This is a modern interpretation:



The story of Narcissus was particularly appealing to artists according to the Renaissance theorist Leon Battista Alberti: “the inventor of painting … was Narcissus … What is painting but the act of embracing by means of art the surface of the pool?”