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Nearly all the painters I have mentioned … are my friends but not all of them are good men. By a good man I mean someone who can perform well in his art and by a good painter a man who can paint well and imitate natural things well. …

Good artists are those who understand painting and they will judge good painters those I have judged good and bad [those I have judged bad]; but bad and ignorant painters will judge good those who are ignorant like themselves.

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- Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio, 1603. 

The quote above was taken from Caravaggio’s deposition in the libel suit brought against him by fellow painter Giovanni Baglione, As much as these words form a calculated defense, they also offer a rare glimpse into Caravaggio’s mind in his own words.

(via caravaggista)