Response to Journal Entry Question p.171

The first thing I notice is the smiling woman touching the man’s hand. Most likely
because she is in white, which may indicate that she is spiritually good, and is not one
of those creepy fortune tellers. The man is also appearing rather positive. The
second aspect of the painting I notice is the plain backround, which could indicate a
sense of privacy while the fortune teller is at work, which comes off as more
professional than the fortune teller in Aiken’s painting. I believe Caravaggio is trying to
imply that fortune tellers are caring and professional. This greatly differs from Aiken’s
art in that the fortune teller looks uncaring and rather unprofessional. The woman is in
a bar which tend to be rather loud, dirty, and not an ideal location for a profession or a spiritual practice.


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