Sacred Love and Profane Love  

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Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel
Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel

Amor sacro e amor profano (1602, English: Sacred Love and Profane Love)[1] is a painting by Giovanni Baglione, a response to Caravaggio's Love Victorious. It shows an angel (Sacred Love) interrupting a 'meeting' between Cupid (Profane Love) and the Devil (portrayed with the face of Caravaggio). Ironically, Baglione was greatly influenced by the style of Caravaggio during this period of his career. In late August of 1603 Baglione filed a suit for libel against Caravaggio, Orazio Gentileschi, Ottavio Leoni, and Filipo Trisegni in connection with some unflattering poems circulated around Rome over the preceding summer. Caravaggios testimony during the trial as recorded in court documents is one of the few insights into his thoughts about the subject of art and his contemporaries. Caravaggio was found guilty and held in the Tor di Nona prison for two weeks after the trial.

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