Caravaggio Art

Caravaggio Art

Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio (1571 - 1610), an Italian Baroque artist. He was active in Rome, Naples, Malta and Sicily between 1593 and 1610. Caravaggio was considered enigmatic, fascinating, rebellious, and dangerous. Caravaggio was the best exemplar of naturalistic painting in the early 17th century. His use of models from the lower classes of society in his early secular works and later religious compositions appealed to the taste for realism, simplicity, and piety in art. Equally important is his introduction of dramatic light-and-dark effects - termed chiaroscuro - into his works.

Many Caravaggio's religious works feature violent struggles, grotesque decapitations, torture and death. For the most part each new painting increased his fame, but a few were rejected by the various bodies for whom they were intended, at least in their original forms, and had to be re-painted. The essence of the problem was that while Caravaggio's dramatic intensity was appreciated, his realism was seen by some as unacceptably vulgar.

Caravaggio was a "wild" and violent painter. Screams of terror assume a prominent place in many of Caravaggio's works. By the turn of the century, images of horror had begun to replace the gentle youths of his earlier work and dominate his work to an alarming extent. The wildness of his personality exploded into his art. Police archives in Rome confirm the "wild" and violent nature of the man. In 1606 Caravaggio killed, possibly unintentionally, a young man named Ranuccio Tomassoni in a brawl and fled from Rome.

Although the use of both realistic types and strong chiaroscuro originated in northern Italian art of the previous century, Caravaggio brought new life and immediacy to these aspects of painting, with which he effected a transformation of anticlassical Mannerism in early baroque Rome. Despite his personal protestations that nature was his only teacher, Caravaggio obviously studied and assimilated the styles of the High Renaissance masters, especially that of Michelangelo. Caravaggio's impact on the art of his century was considerable. He discouraged potential students, but throughout the century a naturalist school flourished in Italy and abroad based on an enthusiastic emulation of his style.

Famous and extremely influential while he lived, Caravaggio was almost entirely forgotten in the centuries after his death, and it was only in the 20th century that his importance to the development of Western art was rediscovered.

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Contents

  1. Boy Peeling a Fruit, 1593
  2. Boy with a Basket of Fruit, 1593
  3. Boy with a Basket of Fruit (Detail), 1593
  4. Sick Bacchus, 1593
  5. Boy Bitten by a Lizard, 1594
  6. St. Francis in Ecstasy, 1595
  7. St. Francis in Ecstasy (Detail), 1595
  8. Still-Life with Flowers and Fruit, 1595
  9. Bacchus, 1596
  10. Bacchus (Detail 2), 1596
  11. Bacchus (Detail), 1596
  12. Lute Player, 1596
  13. Lute Player (Detail), 1596
  14. The Cardsharps, 1596
  15. The Fortune Teller, 1596
  16. The Musicians, 1596
  17. Magdalene, 1597
  18. Magdalene (Detail), 1597
  19. Rest on Flight to Egypt, 1597
  20. Rest on Flight to Egypt (Detail 2), 1597
  21. Rest on Flight to Egypt (Detail), 1597
  22. The Fortune Teller, 1597
  23. The Fortune Teller (Detail 2), 1597
  24. Judith Beheading Holofernes, 1598
  25. Judith Beheading Holofernes (Detail), 1598
  26. Martha and Mary Magdalene, 1598
  27. St. Catherine of Alexandria, 1598
  28. Taking of Christ, 1598
  29. Medusa, 1599
  30. Narcissus, 1599
  31. Portrait of Maffeo Barberini, 1599
  32. David, 1600
  33. St. John the Baptist (Youth with Ram), 1600
  34. The Calling of Saint Matthew, 1600
  35. The Calling of Saint Matthew (Detail 2), 1600
  36. The Calling of Saint Matthew (Detail 4), 1600
  37. The Calling of Saint Matthew (Detail 5), 1600
  38. The Calling of Saint Matthew (Detail 7), 1600
  39. The Calling of Saint Matthew (Detail), 1600
  40. The Conversion of St. Paul, 1600
  41. The Conversion on the Way to Damascus, 1600
  42. The Conversion on the Way to Damascus (Detail), 1600
  43. The Crucifixion of Saint Peter, 1600
  44. The Crucifixion of Saint Peter (Detail 2), 1600
  45. The Crucifixion of Saint Peter (Detail), 1600
  46. The Lute Player, 1600
  47. The Martyrdom of St. Matthew, 1600
  48. The Martyrdom of St. Matthew (Detail 5), 1600
  49. The Martyrdom of St. Matthew (Detail), 1600
  50. Supper at Emmaus, 1602
  51. The Incredulity of Saint Thomas, 1602
  52. The Inspiration of Saint Matthew, 1602
  53. The Sacrifice of Isaac, 1602
  54. The Sacrifice of Isaac (Detail 2), 1602
  55. The Sacrifice of Isaac (Detail 3), 1602
  56. The Sacrifice of Isaac (Detail), 1602
  57. Amor Victorious, 1603
  58. The Crowning with Thorns, 1603
  59. The Entombment, 1603
  60. The Entombment (Detail 2), 1603
  61. The Entombment (Detail), 1603
  62. St. John the Baptist, 1604
  63. St. John the Baptist 2, 1604
  64. Madonna di Loreto, 1605
  65. St. John the Baptist, 1605
  66. The Crowning with Thorns, 1605
  67. The Sacrifice of Isaac, 1605
  68. Ecce Homo, 1606
  69. Madonna Palafrenieri (Detail), 1606
  70. Madonna with the Serpent, 1606
  71. St. Francis, 1606
  72. St. Jerome, 1606
  73. St. Jerome 2, 1606
  74. Supper at Emmaus, 1606
  75. The Death of the Virgin, 1606
  76. The Death of the Virgin (Detail), 1606
  77. Christ at the Column, 1607
  78. Flagellation, 1607
  79. Madonna del Rosario, 1607
  80. Madonna del Rosario (Detail 2), 1607
  81. Madonna del Rosario (Detail), 1607
  82. Salome with the Head of St. John the Baptist, 1607
  83. St. Jerome, 1607
  84. The Crucifixion of St. Andrew, 1607
  85. The Seven Acts of Mercy, 1607
  86. Beheading of Saint John the Baptist, 1608
  87. Burial of St. Lucy, 1608
  88. Burial of St. Lucy (Detail), 1608
  89. Portrait of Alof de Wignacourt, 1608
  90. Portrait of Alof de Wignacourt 2, 1608
  91. Sleeping Cupid, 1608
  92. St. John the Baptist at the Well, 1608
  93. Adoration of the Shepherds, 1609
  94. David, 1609
  95. Nativity with St. Francis and St. Lawrence, 1609
  96. Salome with the Head of the Baptist, 1609
  97. The Annunciation, 1609
  98. The Raising of Lazarus, 1609
  99. The Tooth-Drawer, 1609
  100. St. John the Baptist, 1610

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