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Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Caravaggio


Judith Beheading Holofernes
c. 1598
Oil on canvas
145 x 195 cm
Galleria Nazionale d'Arte Antica, Rome

Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio (1571 – 1610) was an Italian artist active in Rome, Naples, Malta, and Sicily between 1593 and 1610.
His paintings, which combine a realistic observation of the human state, both physical and emotional, with a dramatic use of lighting, had a formative influence on the Baroque school of painting.
Many painters who imitated Caravaggio's style became known as Caravaggisti.
The single most important painter in the tradition was the Frenchman Georges de La Tour, though echoes of Caravaggio's style can also be found in the works of such giants as Rembrandt van Rijn and Diego Velázquez.