Caravaggio’s novelty as a painter was a radical naturalism that combined close physical observation with a dramatic, even theatrical, use of dark/light contrasts (“chiaroscuro”). Caravagio’s style is also known as  “Tenebrism”, the shift from light to dark with little intermediate value.  His paintings represent  a complete break with the earlier Mannerism; their realism and emotion […]

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Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio (1573-1610). Probably the most revolutionary artist of his time, the Italian painter Caravaggio abandoned the rules that had guided a century of artists before him. They had idealized the human and religious experience. Caravaggio’s  paintings  combine realistic observations of humans with a dramatic use of lighting.  He had a formative influence on […]

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