CARACCIOLO, Giovanni Battista
(b. 1578, Napoli, d. 1635, Napoli)
Liberation of St Peter1615
Oil on canvas
Pio Monte della Misericordia, Naples
This picture was painted just after Caracciolo came back from Rome and is his definite masterpiece. It is also one of the most fascinating and original interpretations of Caravaggio's style. Of particular note is the splendidly classical figure of the angel who is about to take the hand of the frightened St Peter. Caracciolo understood Caravaggio's art probably better than any other Caravaggist painter.