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Saturday, June 4, 2011

Caravaggio


The Musicians
1595-96
Oil on canvas
92 x 118,5 cm
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio (1571 – 1610).
Italian artist.
Caravaggio's novelty was a radical naturalism which combined close physical observation with a dramatic, even theatrical, use of chiaroscuro that came to be known as Tenebrism, the shift from light to dark with little intermediate value.
Caravaggio was forgotten almost immediately after his death, and it was only in the 20th century that his importance to the development of Western art was rediscovered.

He was thrown in jail on several occasions, vandalized his own apartment, and ultimately had a death warrant issued for him by the Pope.
In 1606 he killed a young man in a brawl and fled from Rome with a price on his head.
In Malta in 1608 he was involved in another brawl, and yet another in Naples in 1609.
By the next year, after a relatively brief career (39-year-old), he was dead.