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Michelangelo Caravaggio

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The intensity of Caravaggio’s paintings was matched only by his lifestyle. Although a hot-headed, violent man often in legal trouble and implicated in multiple murders, he created striking, innovative paintings and pioneered both dramatic lighting and representations of religious figures in modern clothes and attitudes. Working from life and without the aid of preparatory sketches, Caravaggio paired close observation of his models with the use of strong beams of light to focus attention on certain elements of his images, contrasting these well-lit areas with dark shadows elsewhere on the canvas. This “chiaroscuro” was a core part of Caravaggio’s highly individualized style and was imitated by his contemporaries. Even though he only lived until 39, Caravaggio had a profound influence on the painters around him and on later art movements notably Baroque art and 19th century Realism. (The Art Story)

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