A defining artistic force of the Baroque era, Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio revolutionized 17th-century painting with a blend of powerful theatricality and gripping naturalism. Rethinking mythological and Biblical scenes for a Post-Reformation world, Caravaggio excelled at creating dramatic paintings that pulled viewers in and reminded them of their humanity. Whether retelling the conversion of a saint or playfully poking fun at a wealthy naïve young man falling victim to swindling cardsharps, Caravaggio amplified his work with rich details and compositional complexities that still today captivate the viewer.
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