Caravaggio was based in Rome at the beginning of the 17th century when it was a strong centre of Cathocism - but it also had a dark underbelly and underclass
- he demonstrates intense naturalism - his people, fruit and flowers are very life-like
- He is a keen observer of nature
- he paints from life - and uses models for his paintings
- he initially specialised in painting fruit and flowers and is credited with producing the very first still life painting
- he used everyday subjects - ordinary people in sometimes extraordinary circumstances
|Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio |
The Supper at Emmaus, 1601
Oil on canvas, 141 x 196.2 cm
The National Gallery, London | © The National Gallery, London
- his figures are at least torsos, however...
- he often uses three-quarter length figures; and...
- occasionally figures are full length
- his figures are often life-size
- his hands are sometimes oversized