Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio was an Italian artist active between 1592 and 1610. His paintings combine a realistic observation of the human state, both physical and emotional, with a dramatic use of lighting and had a formative influence on the Baroque style. He was forgotten almost immediately after his death, and it was only in the 20th century that his importance to Western art was rediscovered. It can be seen in the work of Rubens and Rembrandt among others.
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