Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio (1571-1610), known by most simply as “Caravaggio,” earned his place in the art historical canon by defining the Baroque painterly aesthetic in many regards. Saturating his compositions with rich color and further dramatizing them with the extensive use of tenebrism (an intense contrast of shadows and light), Caravaggio’s paintings yielded influence on art long after his unfortunately brief career.
This impact, alongside the marvel that his paintings inspire, serves as the foundation for the Delphi Classics Masters of Art digital volume on the artist that showcases how Caravaggio grappled with both the new artistic approach of the Counter-Reformation age and the personal desire to innovate. The Complete Works of Caravaggio traces the evolution of the artist, from his earlier exploration of naturalism in works such as Young Sick Bacchus (c. 1593) to the unequivocally powerful yet humble sensibilities of both Calling of Saint Matthew (1599-1600) and The Denial of Saint Peter (1610). These works reveal to the viewer the innate skill that Caravaggio brought to his paintings along with the novelty of his approach that served as inspiration for an entire generation of artists who followed him. Buy your copy of Caravaggio on Musebooks today.