Inspired by the painting “The Cardsharps”

The celebrated Caravaggio painting “The Cardsharps” is one of the most detailed, realistic artworks of the 16th century. Two boys are playing cards, with one of them, being signaled by a third boy, is cheating hiding a card behind his back. The use of teenage boys in a scene of deception works as a visual representation of innocence lost.

Our version has three figures, the youngest of which appears to be the only one smiling while surrounded by deception. A victory sign symbolizes the two older men’s confidence, as they essentially lead the young boy down a path of corruption.