About the artist
Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio (1571-1610) was an Italian Baroque painter who revolutionised the art of his time with his dramatic use of light and shadow. His works, which often depicted religious scenes, were characterised by a naturalistic style and intense emotion. Caravaggio's personal life was turbulent, and he was known for his violent behavior. He was also a master of tenebrism, a style of painting in which most of the image is in darkness, with only a few areas of light. Caravaggio's influence on the Baroque period was immense, and his works remain some of the most iconic in the history of art.
Also associated with: Rome, Italy, Baroque, Tenebrism, Naturalism, Contarelli Chapel, Death of the Virgin, David with the Head of Goliath.