The Italian painter who lived between 1571 and 1610 was named after the town where he was born. Real name Michelangelo Merisi Caravaggio is considered one of the pioneers of modern painting. Caravaggio has been one of the most original practitioners of baroque art with his strong use of light and shadow and his dramatic approach to pictorial arrangement.
Caravaggio painted the stories of the Bible as visceral and often bloody dramas. He staged the events of the distant sacred past as if they were happening in the present, working from living models, which he often depicted in highly modern garb. He emphasized the poverty and common humanity of Jesus and his followers, Apostles, saints, and martyrs by emphasizing the ragged clothes and dirty feet. He also developed an extremely original form of chiaroscuro. He preferred to work on canvas with live models.
Caravaggio Painting Technique, Style
Caravaggio humanized divine individuals by portraying them as lower-class peoples. In this way, Caravaggio subverted the pristine, idealized figures of the Italian Renaissance and Roman classical traditions by criticizing them. This approach has had an impact on artists such as Judith Beheading Holofernes and especially Artemisia Gentileschi in Death of a Virgin.
In 1597 Caravaggio was awarded a commission for the decoration of the Contarelli Chapel in the Church of San Luigi dei Francesi in Rome, and in 1601 "St. Matthew and the Angel", "The Calling of St. Matthew" and "The Calling of St. Matthew" depicting separate scenes. Martyrdom of St. Matthew" has shown how extraordinary his range is, by producing three works. However, these works also caused great astonishment in both the church and the public. Caravaggio presents St. Matthew in a much more realistic way while performing his works, avoiding traditional depictions of the worship of saints. He removed the traditional religious scenes from his paintings and instead included the prostitutes, beggars and thieves he encountered on the streets of Rome.
With Caravaggio's success in art, his private life has been very turbulent. His love of drink and gambling, as well as his propensity for violence, eventually led him to murder a man named Ranuccio Tomassoni in 1606. Immediately after the murder, Caravaggio fled Rome and sought refuge in places such as Naples, Malta, and Sicily, but continued his work even while escaping his sentence.
Caravaggio Artworks, Paintings
As Caravaggio's turbulent life came to an end on July 18, 1610; Medusa (1598), Judith Decapitating Holofernes (1599), The Calling of St Matthew (1600), Death of the Virgin (1606), Seven Works of Mercy (1607), Denial of St Peter (1610) and many more left a legacy.
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