Art on This Day
Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio was born in 1571 and died on this day in 1610. Trained in Milan and active in Rome, Naples, Malta, and Sicily, this Italian painter was one of the most revolutionary art figures of all times.
His practice of painting directly from posed models violated the idealizing premise of Renaissance theory and promoted a new relationship between painting and viewer by breaking down the conventions that maintained painting as a plausible fiction rather than an extension of everyday experience.
Characterised by their dramatic, almost theatrical lighting, Caravaggio’s paintings were controversial, popular, and hugely influential on succeeding generations of painters all over Europe.
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