The Cardsharps (ca 1595) by Caravaggio
This painting is a classic by Caravaggio.
About the Artist: Caravaggio
More famously known as Caravaggio, Michelangelo Merisi was an Italian artist and painter who is now widely considered one of the greatest artists of the baroque art period. Throughout his life, Caravaggio was an influential yet controversial personality. Orphaned at the age of 11, he took siege in an apprenticeship with another painter in Milan before moving to Rome, where he experienced popularity and widespread fame for the tenebrism technique he used in his work. Although his career was short-lived compared to his counterparts, his influence is still considered tremendous in the world of history and paintings.
Although his life was troubled with controversy and rumors, this only seemed to further Caravaggio's career. However, with growing success, the talented painter encountered grave turmoil in his personal life. His personality was taken over by violence, gambling, drastic behaviors, and a love for drinking. In 1603, he went to prison for attacking another painter; however, his temper became worse over time. He was followed with a litany of assaults.
His violent behavior got the best of him when in 1606, he killed a Roman pimp, who was locally well known as Ranuccio Tomassoni. History has long pondered upon the cause of the crime, including Caravaggio's lust for the pimp's wife; however, little has been found.
Here are Other Paintings by Caravaggio (my personal favorites).
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