CaravaggioCaravaggio

Life: 1571-1610
Birth Place: Milan, Italy
Historical Role: Painter
Movement: Baroque
Primary countries affected: Italy, Malta
Works: see below

Biography:


Caravaggio was born in Milan, Italy, in 1571. Caravaggio began his artistic training in Milan where he developped his preference for the realist style instead of the popular idealist style of the times. Caravaggio would use peasants as models for many of these paintings, their unfiltered looks would add an extra touch of realism to his paintings. His paintings depicted religious images but with his unique style of realism it was not immediately popular with the Catholic Church until the Counter-Reformation. Caravaggio was active as a painter in Milan, Rome, Naples, Sicily and eventually Malta where he became the official painter of the Knights of Saint John. Caravaggio had a tendency to get into trouble throughout his life and died from mysterious circumstances in 1610.

Works:

The Beheading of Saint John the Baptist
Boy With a Basket of Fruit
Judith Beheading Holofernes
The Beheading of Saint John the Baptist
Boy With a Basket of Fruit
Judith Beheading Holofernes
Love Conquers All
Saint Jerome
The Inspiration of Saint Matthew
Love Conquers All
Saint Jerome
The Inspiration of Saint Matthew

 

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Sources:


Gerlings, C. (2008). 100 Great Artists. London: Arcturus Publishing Limited. P. 30-31.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Caravaggio