By Maurizio Calvesi
Michelangelo Merisi (or Amerighi) da Caravaggio ( 29 September 1571? – 18 July? 1610) used to be an Italian artist lively in Rome, Naples, Malta, and Sicily among 1592 (1595?) and 1610. His work, which mix a practical remark of the human kingdom, either actual and emotional, with a dramatic use of lights, had a formative effect on Baroque portray. Caravaggio proficient as a painter in Milan less than Simone Peterzano who had himself informed below Titian. In his twenties Caravaggio moved to Rome the place there has been a requirement for work to fill the various large new church buildings and palazzos being equipped on the time. It used to be additionally a interval while the Church used to be looking for a stylistic replacement to Mannerism in non secular artwork that used to be tasked to counter the specter of Protestantism. Caravaggios innovation was once an intensive naturalism that mixed shut actual statement with a dramatic, even theatrical, use of chiaroscuro which got here to be referred to as tenebrism (the shift from mild to darkish with little intermediate value).
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