This paper argues whether or not Caravaggio was a true renaissance artist, giving details on his life, artwork, and an analysis on the renaissance time period. I believe that Caravaggio was a true renaissance artist. He used the same techniques as other renaissance artist. He also painted realism and humanistic into his paintings.
Caravaggio was born September 29, 1571 in Milan, Italy.(Caravaggio The Complete Work) By the age 11 Caravaggio was consider an orphan. The bubonic plague came through his life killing almost everyone in his family.(Bio.com) The bubonic plague is a disease that makes your skin to turn black where it was only red at first . The plague causes fever and painful swelling of lymph glands. Later in his life, he trained as a painter in Milan under Simone Peterzano.(Caravaggio The Complete Works) Caravaggio left Milan for Rome in 1592, he was now 21 years old. When he finally arrived in Rome he was short on money and needy. A few months later, he was performing for highly successful Giuseppe Cesari, in his factory like workshop. He left Cesari in the early months of 1594 , and wanted to make his own way .(Bio.com) Caravaggio was a fast worker. He carried a sword around, going to one ball court to the next, ready to engage in fight or argument. The sword was illegal. He was repeatedly arrested for the sword and along with other various things. (The National Gallery) In 1595, a man named Francesco del Monte recognized his talent and brought him into his home. Through Francesco’s acquaintances , he was gave his first public commissions which were so great that he became famous almost overnight. In 1599, Caravaggio signed a contract to decorate the Contarelli Chapel in the Church of San Luigi dei Francesi.
(Bio.com) In1606, his career ended when he killed a well-known pimp Ranuccio Tomassoni, unintentionally and fled Rome. Some articles report it was over a tennis match others report it was over a woman. (The New York Times) After Caravaggio fled Rome, He went to the island of Malta an independent sovereignty and home of the knights. Caravaggio became a knight there to try to reduce his sentence of the murder charge.(The National Gallery) Two years later, in late August Caravaggio was arrested and imprisoned for the death of Ranuccio Tomassoni. Some articles report that Caravaggio died of mysterious circumstances in Porto Ercole at age 38 on July 18, 1610 , other articles report that Caravaggio died in 1610 at the 39 of malaria. (Caravaggio The Complete Works,The New York Times ) He was almost forgotten immediately after his death.(Caravaggio The Complete Works)
Caravaggio was the first and most audacious realist in European Art. (The New York Times) His paintings combine a realistic observation of the human state both emotional and physical.(Caravaggio The Complete Works) He also practiced his painting by by painting posed models. (The Metropolitan Museum of Art) He painted right on to a canvas with not very much...