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AMOR VICTORIOUS Vincit Omnia Caravaggio Baroque Silver Coin 5$ Cook Islands 2012


The "Angels" series is dedicated to great paintings which depict angelic creatures and their brilliant painters. This silver issue is dedicated to amazing 'Amor Victorious' also known as 'Amor Vincit Omnia' painted by the famous Italian early realist/post-Mannerist artist Caravaggio. Mintage extremely limited to 1000 pcs only!

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Amor Victorious
Cupid, the god of love stand upon the trampled symbols of music, science, war, and government, illustrating Virgil’s line: “love conquers all; let us all yield to love!” Caravaggio’s depiction of Cupid, rather than the cherub-like, idealized boy, is realistic, from the crooked grin to the tousled head of hair. The painting was commissioned by a rich patron Vincenzo Guistanini, who retained it in his possession and reportedly loved it above all others. The painting was an immediate success, and inspired contemporary artworks, including poems and epigrams along the same theme.

Caravaggio (1573-1610)
Probably the most revolutionary artist of his time, the Italian painter Caravaggio abandoned the rules that had guided a century of artists before him. They had idealized the human and religious experience.
He was born Michelangelo Merisi on Sept. 28, 1573, in Caravaggio, Italy. As an adult he would become known by the name of his birthplace. Orphaned at age 11, he was apprenticed to the painter Simone Peterzano of Milan for four years. At some time between 1588 and 1592, Caravaggio went to Rome and worked as an assistant to painters of lesser skill. About 1595 he began to sell his paintings through a dealer. The dealer brought Caravaggio to the attention of Cardinal Francesco del Monte.
Through the cardinal, Caravaggio was commissioned, at age 24, to paint for the church of San Luigi dei Francesi. The works caused public outcry, however, because of their realistic and dramatic nature.
Despite violent criticism, his reputation increased and Caravaggio began to be envied. He was imprisoned for several assaults and for killing an opponent after a disputed score in a game of court tennis. Caravaggio fled the city and kept moving between hiding places. He reached Naples, and painted there for a time, awaiting a pardon by the pope.
Early in 1608 Caravaggio went to Malta and was received as a celebrated artist. After receiving a pardon from the pope, he was wrongfully arrested and imprisoned for two days. A boat that was to take him to Rome left without him, taking his belongings. Misfortune, exhaustion, and illness overtook him as he helplessly watched the boat depart. He collapsed on the beach and died a few days later on July 18, 1610.

  • CountryCook Islands
  • Year2012
  • Face Value5 Dollars
  • MetalSilver
  • Fineness (purity)925/1000
  • Weight (g)20
  • Size (mm)30 x 35
  • QualityProof
  • Mintage (pcs)1.000
  • Certificate (COA)Yes
  • Presentation case (box)No
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The coin reverse depicts the famous 'Amor Vincit Omnia' painted by Caravaggio, the left reverse comprises the inscription 'Love Conquers All', the complete name of the artist and the begin date of the creation. The coin obverse depicts the Raphael Maklouf effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, sovereign of the Commonwealth and Cook Islands.