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Caravaggio (1571-1610)
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