Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio*
September 29, 1571
in Milan, Italy.
✻ Caravaggio is actually the name of his home town in Lombardy in northern Italy
An artist who lived a short and tempestuous life matching the drama of his works. He is considered the first great representative of the Baroque school. Caravaggio is known for his characteristic depiction of light and use of live models. Using the techniques of chiaroscuro, also known as tenebrism*, the artist painted shadows to compose forms and highlight areas of color within a given scene.
He’s been characterized as arrogant, dangerous, enigmatic, fascinating, rebellious and a murderer among other things, undoubtedly though, he was one of the most [if not THE most] influential painters in the history of art. Caravaggio was also one of the most widely imitated artists in the history of western art, with many followers, some of which formed the Caravaggisti.
There are many stories about him and his turbulent life that can be found in books or the internet, however this is a post honoring this great master’s art.
✻Tenebrism, in the history of Western painting, the use of extreme contrasts of light and dark in figurative compositions to heighten their dramatic effect. (The term is derived from the Latin tenebrae, “darkness.”) In tenebrist paintings, the figures are often portrayed against a background of intense darkness, but the figures themselves are illuminated by a bright, searching light that sets off their three-dimensional forms by a harsh but exquisitely controlled chiaroscuro. The technique was actually introduced by Caravaggio.
So here’s a glimpse of his work & very very few words
“I am always learning.“
“All works, no matter what or by whom painted, are nothing but bagatelles and childish trifles… unless they are made and painted from life, and there can be nothing… better than to follow nature.”
“Amor Vincit Omnia (Love conquers all).”