Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio (1571 - 1610)

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Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio

Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio, an Italian painter, was a pivotal figure in the transition to Baroque art. Born in Milan or the town of Caravaggio in 1571, his work is renowned for its realistic depiction of human emotion, dramatic use of lighting, and less-than-idealized portrayal of subjects, which broke away from the Mannerist style prevalent at the time.

Caravaggio's life was as dramatic as his art. In 1592, he moved to Rome, where, despite initial hardships, his unique style caught the eye of Cardinal Francesco del Monte, leading to his first public commissions. His success, however, was marred by a tumultuous life filled with brawls and legal troubles. Notably, in 1606, he fled Rome after killing Ranuccio Tommasoni in a brawl, an act that led to a death sentence. He sought refuge in Naples, Malta, and Sicily, continuing to create influential works while attempting to secure a papal pardon.

His most significant contributions to art include introducing a style that combined naturalistic detail with dramatic lighting (chiaroscuro) and psychological realism. This approach had a profound impact on the evolution of Baroque painting. Some of his notable works include "Basket of Fruit," "The Calling of St. Matthew," "The Beheading of St. John the Baptist," and "Supper at Emmaus." These works are characterized by their innovative composition and the intense emotional state they convey.

Caravaggio's fame waned after his death in 1610 under mysterious circumstances while traveling from Naples to Rome. However, the 20th century saw a resurgence in interest in his work, acknowledging his significant influence on Western art.

For collectors and art experts, Caravaggio's works represent a pivotal moment in the history of art, where the transition from Renaissance ideals to Baroque realism is profoundly evident. His paintings can be seen in various museums and galleries, offering a glimpse into the dramatic and emotive potential of art.

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Date and place of birt:29 september 1571, Milan, Italy
Date and place of death:18 july 1610, Porto Ercole, Italy
Nationality:Italy
Period of activity: XVI, XVII century
Specialization:Artist, Genre painter, Painter, Portraitist
Art school / group:Utrecht Caravaggists
Genre:Genre art, Mythological painting, Portrait, Religious genre, Still life
Art style:Baroque, Karavagism, Old Masters, Renaissance

Creators Italy

Pompeo Ghitti (1631 - 1703)
Pompeo Ghitti
1631 - 1703
Giacomo Bolognini (1664 - 1734)
Giacomo Bolognini
1664 - 1734
Valentino Vago (1931 - 2018)
Valentino Vago
1931 - 2018
Fausto Zonaro (1854 - 1929)
Fausto Zonaro
1854 - 1929
Alexander Grigoryevich Varnek (1782 - 1843)
Alexander Grigoryevich Varnek
1782 - 1843
Alessandro Longi (1733 - 1813)
Alessandro Longi
1733 - 1813
Matteo Rosselli (1578 - 1650)
Matteo Rosselli
1578 - 1650
Agenore Fabbri (1911 - 1998)
Agenore Fabbri
1911 - 1998
Francesco Ladatte (1706 - 1787)
Francesco Ladatte
1706 - 1787
Cincinnato Baruzzi (1796 - 1878)
Cincinnato Baruzzi
1796 - 1878
Giacomo Antonio Arland (1668 - 1743)
Giacomo Antonio Arland
1668 - 1743
Athos Faccincani (1951)
Athos Faccincani
1951
Gianfranco Frattini (1926 - 2004)
Gianfranco Frattini
1926 - 2004
Giovanni Francesco Venturini (1650 - 1710)
Giovanni Francesco Venturini
1650 - 1710
Naddo Ceccarelli (1320 - 1347)
Naddo Ceccarelli
1320 - 1347
Nicolas Poussin (1594 - 1665)
Nicolas Poussin
1594 - 1665

Creators Baroque

Gregorio Lazzarini (1657 - 1730)
Gregorio Lazzarini
1657 - 1730
Francesco Fontebasso (1707 - 1769)
Francesco Fontebasso
1707 - 1769
Cornelis Schut II (XVII century - ?)
Cornelis Schut II
XVII century - ?
Pieter Claesz (1597 - 1661)
Pieter Claesz
1597 - 1661
Stephen Asselin (XVII century - ?)
Stephen Asselin
XVII century - ?
Simone Pignoni (1611 - 1698)
Simone Pignoni
1611 - 1698
Bartolomeo Guidobono (1654 - 1709)
Bartolomeo Guidobono
1654 - 1709
Cesare Dandini (1596 - 1657)
Cesare Dandini
1596 - 1657
Bernardo Zenale (1463 - 1525)
Bernardo Zenale
1463 - 1525
Emmanuel Héré de Corny (1705 - 1763)
Emmanuel Héré de Corny
1705 - 1763
Joost Cornelisz. Droochsloot (1586 - 1666)
Joost Cornelisz. Droochsloot
1586 - 1666
Elisabetta Sirani (1638 - 1665)
Elisabetta Sirani
1638 - 1665
Juan de Pareja (1606 - 1670)
Juan de Pareja
1606 - 1670
Lucas Cranach II (1515 - 1586)
Lucas Cranach II
1515 - 1586
 Vecchietta (1412 - 1480)
Vecchietta
1412 - 1480
Sebastiano Conca (1680 - 1764)
Sebastiano Conca
1680 - 1764