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9- Facts about the Famous Artist: Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio

Two months prior to Google releasing its Google Art Project,  a web design company designed an online gallery commemorating the Italian artist, Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio. At the famous artist’s online gallery,  critically acclaimed masterpieces, biography, artistic influences and other accolades are organized  to ease research and shopping. for prints. Studio of the South.com found these compelling facts about the legendary Caravaggio:

  • History chronicles that Merisi da Caravaggio was  allegedly as an aggressive artist. In 1603, he fled Rome after assassinating a man.

    The Supper at Emmaus, 1601 by Caravaggio art print

    Caravaggio’s Supper at Emmaus, 1601
    Click the image to view other Caravaggio fine art prints

  • Compared to other famous artists Caravaggio lead a very abbreviated professional life 15 – 17 years.
  • Between 1593 and 1610, Wikipedia documents that the famous artist split time between Rome, Malta, Sicily and Naples. (1)
  •  Caravaggio’s iconic style depicts  interaction and emotion of relationships, in an  amazingly realistic presentation.
  •  The Baroque style of art was inspired by Caravaggio’s tenebrism style, which was originally criticized by critics.
  •  Among Caravaggio’s trademark of masterpieces, apple, many artworks suggest that the famous artist has an appreciation for painting grapes, peaches, pumpkins, figs, pears, melon, cucumbers, plums, pomegranates, and cherry (2)
  • Wikipedia also reports that Caragvaggio died at the age of 38.
  • Although some of the famous artists’ works depict religious settings, Caravaggio was allegedly void of spiritual empathy. In 1606, a church rejected hist work, because he commissioned an infamous prostitute for the model of the a Virgin.
  • Caravaggio’s famous works include: ” The Supper at Emmaus, ”    “The Calling of St. Matthew, ”     “The Conversion of St. Paul,”

Please visit http://www.caravaggiogallery.com/top_20.aspx to review additional master pieces created by the famous Artist: Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio

(1) Wikipedia “Merisi da Caravaggio Biography.

(2) Jules Janick, 200?  “Caravaggio’s Fruit: A Mirror on Baroque Horticulture”Department of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture Purdue University.


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