Caravaggio’s style of painting is easily recognizable for its realism, intense chiaroscuro and the artist’s emphasis on co-extensive space.
Following the evolution of Caravaggio’s paintings is almost like a visual history of his life: from his simple, humble beginnings in his paintings of genre scenes, still-lifes and using himself or his roommate as a model, to his meteoric rise to success around 1600 and his large-scale, magnificent commissions, to the darkest of paintings during his last years as a murderous fugitive.
Caravaggio’s first known paintings date from his arrival in Rome in 1592. During these first years, he was completely destitute and painted small genre scenes, self-portraits and still-lifes to earn money on the open market. The main characteristics of paintings from this period include neutral backgrounds, emphasis … READ THE FULL ARTICLE HERE