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Born 29 September 1571. Caravaggio was orphaned at age 11 after his father died from the plague. From there he moved to Milan where he apprenticed under Simone Peterzano. Then he moved to Rome where his work caught the attention of the cardinal. In this time he painted young men especially, Cecco his assistant. Who may have also been his lover.


Caravaggio was one of the most revoulutionary figures of European art at the time. He was also one of the key developers of Baroque Rome (Catholic scenes depicted as disturbing and gross). Today he influenced modern painting by his use of tenebrism (light and dark) and is considered a father of modern painting.

Widening Appeal

A next step in Caravaggio's career was his painting of the Contarelli Chapel. In it he put three paintings all about Saint Matthew's life. His dark depictions of normally holy and religous scenes boosted his popularity greatly.

Caravaggio(Michaelangelo Merisi de Cravaggio)

Early Life

Later Life

Troubles in Life

Later in his life he got into two more signficant fights, one jailing him, the other deteriorating his mental state. Caravagggio fled again and was arrested soon after. Then upon his release he died on July 18, 1610. It was believed to be lead poisoning due to the extreme amount of lead in his bones, enough to have driven the painter mad. He was never married and had no children.

This is a portrait of Caravaggio in chalk. Not done by himslef.

This is an early painting of Caravaggio's, of his boy servant Cecco. These types of paintings caught attention early in his career.

With his success grew his trouble as well. Known for being a violent man he killed a well known Roman pimp and fled to various places: Naples. Malta, and Sicily. Despite the trouble he continued to make incredible paintings with his unique style.

David and Goliath- One of Cravaggio's darker paintings portrays both techniques widely used by him (Tenebrism and Baroque).

Another popular painting of his that depicts the beheading of St. John the Baptist.

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