Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio
Familiar as Caravaggio. Of course, chiaroscuro, begun in the Renaissance and perfected in the High Renaissance by Tinteretto, Veronese & Baglione (later by Rembrandt); however, Caravaggio's intense effects played a significant role in altering the familiar Mannerism. His work marked the stylistic end of the Renaissance period and ushered in the modern era. His dramatic manipulation of light, belief in working with human models, and his non-sentimental approach to religious art had a revolutionary flavor and he was much criticized for it.
His well known pugilistic tendencies are not in contrast with the intensity, depth and passion of his work. He mesmerizes us with light and darkness.
Two of my very lucky friends are in Rome and today had the pleasure of seeing his collective works at the Scuderie. I have had the luck of seeing only a few of his works in person - but had travelled far and wide to do so; these guys are getting the grand tour in one place!
How I wish I was there...
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