Probably the greatest painter to have ever lived, Italian artist Caravaggio was unquestionably the most revolutionary author of his time. One of the main fathers of modern painting, Caravaggio abandoned the rules that had guided a century of artists who had idealized both the human and religious experience led partially by the practices of the Renaissance period. He is best known for his striking, lifelike style and the dramatic expression of his remarkable compositions, as well as his masterful control of light that has never been matched by no other painter and, by all likeliness, never will be. Caravaggio’s dark corners, severed heads and overflowing bowls of glistening fruit have allowed this artist to single-handedly create what is now known as the Baroque style
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There are subtle traces of the same vendetta mentality in Caravaggio’s paintings. One of his greatest works, “The Conversion of St Paul” in Santa Maria del Popolo in Rome, was painted in direct competition with Annibale Carracci, whose saccharine “Assumption of the Virgin” still hangs over the altar. To stress his disdain for Carracci’s brand of vapid magnificence, Caravaggio contrived a cunning insult: the rump of St Paul’s proletarian carthorse is pointedly turned to the face of Carracci’s Madonna.