The Other Caravaggio


 
The other Caravaggio

 

  

Michelangelo Merisi ‘Caravaggio’ – Rest on Flight to Egypt (oil on canvas, 1596-1597) 


Among the followers of
Tenebrism, the pictoric style and technique where the painter uses a very pronounced chiaroscuro to accentuate dramatic effects, Caravaggio, that master of Baroque style, is generally credited with its invention, even though this technique was used much earlier by various artists such as Albert Durer and Artemisia Gentileshi – to name a few.

 

 Michelangelo Merisi ‘Caravaggio’ – The Fortune Teller (oil on canvas, 1598 – 1599) 

In effect, Caravaggio, also known as “The other Michelangelo” for his real name, Michelangelo Merisi, used chiaroscuro in most of his celebrated master works. I have mentioned before how that master of the Baroque style is a fine example of a most dramatic and unconventional painting… as well as one of my own favorites of all times.  

 Michelangelo Merisi ‘Caravaggio’ – The Lute Player (oil on canvas, c. 1595 – 1596)

Yet there was “another” Caravaggio, actually the same extraordinary artist – with a twist: the one who painted luminous, not dramatic, masterpieces. The one that I have wanted to illustrate today with the works featured in this article.  

 Michelangelo Merisi ‘Caravaggio’ – Bacchus (oil on canvas, 1597)


Thank you, 

Luis Miguel Goitizolo

 

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