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Caravaggio

 

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
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