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Episode #47: Shock Art: Caravaggio's Young Sick Bacchus (Season 5, Episode 1)

Episode #47: Shock Art: Caravaggio's Young Sick Bacchus (Season 5, Episode 1)

Works that we take for granted today as masterpieces, or as epitomes of the finest of fine art, could also have been considered ugly, of poor quality, or just bad when they were first made. With the passage of time comes a calm and an acceptance. But that doesn’t change the fact that there are many works peppered throughout art history that were straight-up shocking to the public when they were first presented decades, or even hundreds of years ago.

Today's work of "shock art:" Caravaggio's Sick Bacchus.

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Episode Credits

Production and Editing by Kaboonki. Theme music by Alex Davis.  Logo by Dave Rainey. Social media assistance by Emily Crockett. Additional writing and research by Kelsey Breen. Additional editing assistance by Hannah Roberts.

ArtCurious is sponsored by Anchorlight, an interdisciplinary creative space, founded with the intent of fostering artists, designers, and craftspeople at varying stages of their development. Home to artist studios, residency opportunities, and exhibition space Anchorlight encourages mentorship and the cross-pollination of skills among creatives in the Triangle.

Additional music credits

 "The Beauty of Maths" by Meydän is licensed under BY 4.0; "Spectacular Sound Productions Fly A Kite" by Spectacular Sound Productions is licensed under BY-SA 4.0; "Arpeggius Echotus" by Yan Terrien is licensed under BY-SA 4.0; "Phase 2" by Xylo-Ziko is licensed under  BY-NC-SA 4.0. Ad Music:
"Everyone" by Loyalty Freak Music is licensed under CC0 1.0 Universal (Soraa Radiant); "Four-Way" by William Ross Chernoff's Nomads is licensed under BY 4.0 (AllModern) .

Links and further resources

Misiani R, Bellavita P, Fenili D, et al. Hepatitis C virus infection in patients with essential mixed cryoglobulinemia. Ann Intern Med 1992;117: 573-7 [PubMed]

Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine: The Diagnosis of Art: Caravaggio’s Jaundiced Bacchus

Sartle: Caravaggio’s Young Sick Bacchus 

Episode #48: Shock Art: Eakins' The Gross Clinic (Season 5, Episode 2)

Episode #48: Shock Art: Eakins' The Gross Clinic (Season 5, Episode 2)

BONUS EPISODE: The Wild and Wonderful World of Weegee

BONUS EPISODE: The Wild and Wonderful World of Weegee