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Caravaggio

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“What begins in the work of Caravaggio is quite, simply, modern painting,” stated Art Historian Andre Berne-Joffrey. Caravaggio is famous for using Tenebrism style in many of his paintings that has influence many artists today. Tenebrism is an artistic technique where there is a violent contrast of light and dark displayed in paintings (Wikipedia “Caravaggio”). Throughout Caravaggio’s Short-lived career he has given people art that were painted in a more realistic light. His artistic creativity that defies common Renaissance art has forever change how people view art.
Caravaggio was born as Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio in Milan on September 28, 1571. He is the only child of Fermo Merisi and Lucia Aratori. His father was a household administrator and architect-decorator to the Marchese of Caravaggio. Around 1576 the family moved to Caravaggio to escape a plague in Milan, but not long after they left in 1577 Caravaggio’s father died and in 1584 his mother died. In the same following year of 1584, Caravaggio became an apprentice of the Lombard painter Simone Peterzano (Caravaggio Biography). Then in 1588 with no money and shelter Caravaggio left for Rome. In Rome he work as an assistance to many painter that were not as talented like him.In 1595 Caravaggio was determined to make his own way and began selling his artwork through a seller. Caravaggio paintings soon caught the attention of Cardinal Francesco del Monte, who idolized his art work (Caravaggio).
In 1597 he was appointed to decorate the Contarelli Chapel in the Church of San Luigi dei Francesi in Rome. This opportunity helped present Caravaggio as a painter who paint his subjects with natural flaws and human like qualities instead of celestial qualities. This commissi...

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...hat there is a story to tell and that everyone is not perfect. His work as greatly influenced many artists like Diego Velazquez and Rembrandt. To this day, he is recognized as one of the founding fathers of modern painting. Today you can visit an exhibition of his work in Rome (“Caravaggio”).

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