Caravaggism

Discipline: Art

A term describing the style and technique of the Italian artist MICHELANGELO da CARAVAGGIO (1573-1610), adopted by artists both in Italy (such as B MANFREDI, ORAZIO GENTILESCHI (1563-1647) and G B CARACCIOLO) and abroad (for instance, JUSEPE de RIBERA (1588-1656), GERARD van HONTHORST (1590-1656) and the 'Northern Caraviggisti').

These artists were influenced by Caravaggio's harsh effects of light and shade; his unconventional, often brutal, portrayal of religious subjects; and bold, realistic handling of genre and still life. All this was in constrast to the more classical and harmonious style of his leading contemporary, ANNIBALE CARRACCI (1540-1609).

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