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The author first introduces Caravaggio as a son of a stonemason, during this period of was one of the deepest religious fevers. The new archbishop, Carlo Borromeo, was returning for a Christian Piety due to the bubonic plague that wiped out one fifth of the Diocese that resided in Milan. During this time, the Counter-Reformation culture was very popular and figures such as Ignatius Loyola and Carlo Borromeo were very influential. Both men tried to inspire the common folk by focusing on the sacrifice of Christ by empathizing on his suffering on the cross and other stories that was central to Christianity. Carlo Borromeo believed that the visual representation of Christ must be vivid, while empathizing on his suffering and sacrifices, hoping that it will make the image grander. That is why during this time, most of the popular religious artworks emphasized on a dark, realistic, gruesome image that contrasts the delicate and light style of the Florentine craft. Caravaggio’s art style was so revolutionary that it shock most of his viewers due to its realism combined with the dynamic lighting and vivid visuals. It made many artists re-evaluate all of art’s goals and the duties of an artist. Andrew Graham-Dixon empowers Caravaggio with a sense of rich visual heritage and a desire to create a very visually stunning quality in his art – a desire that will inspire him to push the limits of his work that will deepen as time pass. Caravaggio was an apprentice under Simone Peterzano for a short period of time, who never really taughthim how to paint but rather how “not” to do it, so he has been mostly self-taught and because of that, Caravaggio was able to find his style very early in his career. Caravaggio found his art style in Rome ... ... middle of paper ... ...n got into another fight outside a tavern know to be a brothel for gays, his face was slashed, and substance a deep wound. When he finally recovers from the fight Caravaggio’s decided to returned to Naples, where he become an victim from an attempt of assassination, believed that his old wound from Sicily was the cause of death Caravaggio died on his way between Sicily to Rome The book give an fresh account of the artist life and death, while having a powerful and precise analyses of Caravaggio works, along with his excellent commentary. For a brief period of time in the 19th and early 20th century, Caravaggio’s work was considering being vulgar and therefore was no longer in fashion. The Washington’s National Gallery of Art have no painting by Caravaggio’s , but over the past half-century, his reputation has continued to grow and continue to grow to this very day.
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