Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio

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Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio (September 29th 1571 – 18 July 1610) was an Italian Baroque painter. He was born in Caravaggio, Lombardy, Italy.

Caravaggio painted Roman gods and Christian saints as if emerging out of darkness. Most of his religious paintings emphasize sadness, suffering and death.

Caravaggio had an extraordinary influence in his time, as he turned European art from the ideal viewpoint of the Renaissance to focus on the idea that simple reality was of primary importance. He chose common people as his subjects and painted them in ordinary surroundings.

Caravaggio was the first great representative of the Baroque School.

Petite Gallery

See also

The Raising of Lazarus

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