The Conversion of St. Paul in among world’s best paintings and was done by Michelangelo Merisi Caravaggio. The painting is 7’6” × 5’7” in length and it is an oil painting on a canvas. The work is found in Cerasi Chapel museum in Rome, Italy. Caravaggio completed the art work in 1601 and he later passed on in the year 1610. An in depth analyses of renowned paintings reveal that the paintings were done in the past centuries. Most painters derived their themes from mythological events and Biblical doctrines that people are acquainted to. “A great piece of art is significant to social life” (Masterpiece Cards). The theme of the painting was drawn from Biblical teaching of the New Testament.
Caravaggio passed on while at a relatively young age. He had legal squabbles with law enforcers and this brought about stagnation of his artistic work. His techniques were outstanding and influenced a number of audiences from European countries like Spain and Italy. Caravaggio’s work can be contrasted from Annibale Carracci’s as he painted directly on canvas using oil and without drawing ant initial sketches. His painting was inspired by the Bible script found in Acts 9:3-9. Saul, a man from Tarsus and a Roman Jew fell off horse when he was going to Damascus. The painting captures this moment. At that instant, bright light came from the skies and shone on Saul making him blind and a voice inquired why he was persecuting Christians. The voice commanded him to proceed with his journey to Damascus.
Saul’s blindness continued for three days and an apostle in Damascus helped in restoring his sight. After gaining sight, he became a Christian and changed his name to Paul the apostle. In the painting light and dark shades reveals the dramatic event. “The situation created emotional aspect” (Johnson). His posture on the other hand shows how abrupt the falling was given the way he stays on the ground while the horse has no idea of the happenings.