Michelangelo Merisi (Michele Angelo Merigi or Amerighi) da Caravaggio (/ma?k?l?ænd??lo? kær??v?d??o?/; Italian pronunciation: [mikel'and??lo kara?vad?o]; 29 September 1571 – 18 July 1610) was an Italian painter active in Rome, Naples, Malta, and Sicily between 1592 (1595?) and 1610. His paintings, which combine a realistic observation of the human state, both physical and emotional, with a dramatic use of lighting, had a formative influence on Baroque painting.
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All works, no matter what or by whom painted, are nothing but bagatelles and childish trifles... unless they are made and painted from life, and there can be nothing... better than to follow nature.