Caravaggio, whose real name was Michelangelo Merisi (1571-1610), was born in a small farming community near Milan. He trained in Milan under Simone Peterzano, and made waves in Rome in the early 1600s with his dramatic chiaroscuro (or tenebrism), stark naturalism, and sometimes shockingly violent subject matter.
In this post I list the BEST churches in Rome to visit Caravaggio paintings; I am only talking about those that can be visited in situ in Rome, rather than those available in museums like the Borghese. While museum lighting and display is great for close study of paintings, nothing beats seeing these works in their original location, as the artist intended, and as the Romans have seen them for centuries. There paintings were meant to stand their own in a chapel lit only by candles, so feel free to skip paying for lighting, and take the time for your eyes to adjust and your brain to take in their dramatic effect…. READ MORE ON ARTTRAV.COM