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Caravaggio Self Portrait
Italian, 1571-1610

A Revolutionary Vision in Light and Shadow

Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio, known simply as Caravaggio (1571–1610), an Italian Baroque painter, revolutionized art with his dramatic use of light and shadow, known as chiaroscuro, and his realistic depiction of human figures. His works often portrayed intense emotional moments with a striking naturalism that broke from the idealized forms of the Renaissance. Notable paintings such as “The Calling of St. Matthew,” “Judith Beheading Holofernes,” and “The Conversion of Saint Paul” showcase his ability to convey powerful narratives through bold contrasts and lifelike detail. Caravaggio’s innovative style and turbulent life left a lasting impact on the art world, influencing generations of artists and cementing his place as a pivotal figure in Baroque art.

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