Welcome to the Caravaggio Gallery
Though not appreciated by the ordinary people of his day, Italian artist, Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio, known simply as Caravaggio, played an important role in 17th century painting.
Caravaggio was known for realistically capturing moments of human emotion and painting the drama of psychological relationships. He broke with the conventional styles of depicting the saints and used regular everyday people as models and painted them with realistic detail showing the Saints' common humanity.
Though he was highly esteemed by other artists of his time, his deviation from the idealized styles of 16th century Mannerism brought much public criticism. Eventually, however, Caravaggio’s technique and use of tenebrism influenced the development of the Baroque school of art as well as the paintings of many artists to come including Rubens, Rembrandt, and Velazquez.
Caravaggio’s personal life was full of escapades which were as dramatic and tragic as his paintings. Scandal seemed to follow him. With his violent temper and unpredictable disposition he was always ready to engage in a fight or an argument, one of which even led to a man’s death.
Here you can learn more about Caravaggio’s life and works by reading a short biography and examining some of his most famous works, including The Cardsharps and The Calling of St. Matthew. Learn about the important people in his life and the legacy that he left to those artists that followed him.
Begin here by learning about Caravaggio's Paintings
The Lute Player
The Supper at Emmaus
The Fortune Teller