Everything you need to know about Caravaggio
Michaelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio (1571-1610) is one of the most revolutionary figures in art. His emotionally charged paintings, with their intense naturalism, dramatic lighting and powerful story telling influenced the way artists’ saw the world for centuries.
In fact, so widespread was his influence that 70% of the paintings in the new exhibition Beyond Caravaggio at the National Gallery were, at one time or another, attributed to the man himself.
Everyone thinks they know a Caravaggio. Many see him as the “candlelight painter” thanks to his dark canvasses and brilliant use of lighting effects. And yet he never painted a candle at all.
Here, curator of the exhibition Letizia Treves talks through key paintings, exploring how he developed and transformed his famous style.
She said: “He paints real people, he paints religious subjects but bringing them into his own time and this is the real fundamental difference between Caravaggio and his contemporaries.” Beyond Caravaggio runs until January 15 with £16 full price, nationalgallery.org.uk Images courtesy of the National Gallery