The Fortune Teller
The Fortune Teller, 1590, Caravaggio, Italy, oil painting, 99cmx131cm, Paris Louvre
This is the representative of Caravaggio's early genre paintings. The picture depicts the wandering Gypsy woman taking divination, looking in the palm of hand for a noble son. This is a common street scene. Relatively eye-catching character images, that wearing a feathered captain arrogant youth with a contemptuous look at women soothsayers. Gypsy women in the picture are black and bright, full of wisdom and secrecy. Although her status is low, she appears solemnly self-respecting. By comparison, noble teenagers show superficial simplicity. This is a portrayal of half-length portrait genre paintings, this layout makes the figure more concise and prominent. As the removal of all the unnecessary details of the portrayal, make the character more distinctive, eyes and gestures are more eye-catching. For the first time, the wanderer at the bottom of society came into the painting as the master, which has not been seen in the past in Italy.