Michelangelo Merisi Da Caravaggio

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Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio, who was a famous artist in Baroque period. His life just liked his artworks which were full of dramatic and mysterious. The life of Caravaggio can be divided into 3 periods – the early life and training period 1571-1592, Rome period 1592-1600 and the late period 1600-1610. In this essay, I would like to discuss about the late period (1600-1610) on Caravaggio through his artworks by the elements of light and violence, and the influence to the art world. The early life of Caravaggio was quite pitiful. Not only his parents’ death when he was small, but also his poverty livelihood. When he was young, he had a 4-year apprenticeship with a minor Milanese master, Simone Peterzano. When he moved to Rome, his poverty leaded him needed to sell out his artworks. However, the money could not help him reconstruct his life. Therefore, he went to the Giuseppe Cesari’s workshop to work which made him used flowers and fruits for subjects in early period of paintings. In his late period, his artworks and lifestyle started to be bolder since he involved in the Counter-Reformation culture. The imprisonment of Beatrice can be said was one of the factors to affect Caravaggio to paint the violent paintings because the scene of it was impressive in Caravaggio’s heart. So, these elements affected him to use violence and martyrdom for the artwork topics. Caravaggio was a great artist who good at using the light to paint. At the same time, most of his artwork is

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