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Shady AF: the Caravaggio exhibition has the best side-eye on earth

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Time Out London Art

So we reviewed the new Beyond Caravaggio exhibition at the National Gallery and thought it was pretty damn great. Those baroque ’n rollers sure knew how to paint. But one thing seriously stood out: side-eye. Not just the amount of it – and trust us, there was a lot – but the quality. This is some of the shadiest painting in history. Look at this flute player who has had enough of your shit:

Cecco del Caravaggio, ‘Interior with a Young Man holding a Recorder’, 1615-20. © Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford

You literally made him stop playing the flute with your dumb bullshit. Then there’s this dude, who also thinks you’re full of it, but more on the sly:

Cecco del Caravaggio, ‘A Musician’, about 1615. The Wellington Collection, Apsely House, London © Historic England

And then there's these angry ladies who think everyone around them is basically total trash. 

Georges de La Tour, 'The Cheat with the Ace of Clubs', about 1630-34. Kimbell Art Museum, Fort Worth, Texas.

Oh and then there’s this guy, who has absolutely zero side-eye game, but you know you want to invite him to your party. ‘Hey guuurl, I brought peach schnaaaapps!’

Northern follower of Caravaggio, possibly Dirck van Baburen, 'A Man with a Wine Flask', about 1620. Stourhead, The Hoare Collection (The National Trust) © National Trust Images.

Thanks Baroque painters, you're the best.

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