Caravaggio (1573-1610) is regarded as one of the greatest painters of the Italian Baroque era.
- 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)
- Judith Beheading Holofernes (1599)
- Narcissus (1599)
- Supper at Emmaus (1601)
- Death of the Virgin (1606)