Continuing my series of video about artworks I encounter in my travels. This one is by a little-known French-born painter Valentin de Boulogne, a respected caravaggista in Rome during the Baroque era. The work I talk about is Noli Me Tangere from 1620, which I saw at the Galleria Nazionale dell’Umbria at the Palazzo dei Priori in Perugia, Italy.
The Noli Me Tangere is a figure representing Mary Magdalene’s first encounter with the resurrected Christ, which translates as “Touch Me Not.” It is a common figure of religious representations of the time, and here it is intepreted by De Boulogne, who was a respected painter of the Baroque period in Rome. In this video, I argue that much like Caravaggio, the painting has a street-like quality that appears to reflect a desire to document the world around him.