Caravaggio (1573-1610) is regarded as one of the greatest painters of the Italian Baroque era.

Caravaggio Summary:

  • Born Michelangelo Merisi, he adapted the name Caravaggio after his birthplace in Northern Italy.
  • Was once dubbed the “anti-Christ of painting” as he was known to disregard the works of the classical masters.
  • He lived quite a troubled life with numerous police reports and arrests to his name.
  • Most of his works showcase religious scenes and he was frequently commissioned by various churches.
  • Like Rembrandt, who also created works for the Baroque period, Caravaggio’s paintings employ chiaroscuro or the dramatic blending of light and dark.

Caravaggio Famous Paintings:

  • Conversion of St. Paul (1600)
  • Boy with a Basket of Fruit (1593)
  • Calling of St. Matthew (1600)
  • Young Sick Bacchus (1594)
  • Judith Beheading Holofernes (1599)
  • Narcissus (1599)
  • Supper at Emmaus (1601)
  • Death of the Virgin (1606)

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