from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • Caravaggio, Michelangelo Merisi da 1573-1610. Italian painter of the baroque whose influential works, such as Deposition of Christ (1604), are marked by intense realism and revolutionary use of light.

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  • n. Italian painter noted for his realistic depiction of religious subjects and his novel use of light (1573-1610)


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  • Earlier that day, the London dealer had marched into the gallery and removed the Caravaggio from the wall.

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  • Revered as the baroque master of lifelike portraits and light and shadow, the 16th-century painter Caravaggio is now being touted as the first master of photographic technique, two centuries before the formal invention of the camera.

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  • There's a case to be made, I think, that in his fusion of the epic and the domestic, the sublime and the mundane, Caravaggio is the first Modernist painter, if not artist in general.


  • Caravaggio is one of mine favourite painters too!!!

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  • That Caravaggio is so dark and gloomy; let's lighten it up a little!

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  • Like Joyce casting prostitutes as sirens, like Stevens trying to reach through the image of a bronze head of a god "almost to man", Caravaggio is cracking the artifice of grandeur, revealing the humanity at the heart of it.

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  • Gorgon directly facing the viewer as in Caravaggio's famous painting [figure 27; cf. figure 28], the artist has chosen to arrange the face diagonally, pointing away from us, so that only half the features are visible.

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  • (even in Caravaggio's version the Gorgon's eyes are not permitted to meet the viewer's); furthermore, "Medusa is already dead by the time she appears in art", [29] and what we see of her is not only partial, an inert fragment, but has been removed from its original and powerful context in the dark cave.

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  • This is true for the work of Caravaggio, born Michelangelo Merisi 1573-1610 but known most of life as simply Caravaggio, which is actually the town from which his family originated near Milan.

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