Caravaggio – I bari. 1594-1595
The Inspiration of Saint Matthew
Oil on canvas
186 x 292 cm
(6’ 1.23” x 9’ 6.96”)
Contarelli Chapel, San Luigi dei Francesi (Rome, Italy)
Caravaggio (1571 – 1610) was a brilliant, temperamental Italian artist whose technique of selectively illuminating subjects surrounded by deep shadows became a cornerstone of Baroque painting. Loathing idealistic portrayals of religious figures, Caravaggio substituted a dramatic, contemporary realism that sparked both adoration and outrage. The monumental beauty of his work sharply contrasted with the disarray of his life, culminating in his murder of a man over a tennis wager. Caravaggio’s works strongly influenced many celebrated artists, including Rembrandt and Diego Velazquez.
Caravaggio – Judith and Holofernes, 1599