Caravaggio was an Italian baroque painter who was the best exemplar of naturalistic painting in the early 17th century. His use of models from the lower classes of society in his early secular works and later religious compositions appealed to the Counter Reformation taste for realism, simplicity, and piety in art. Equally important is his introduction of dramatic light-and-dark effects - termed chiaroscuro - into his works.
Originally named Michelangelo Merisi, Caravaggio was born September 28, 1573, in the Lombardy hill town of Caravaggio, from which his professional name is derived. Among his best-known early works are genre paintings (scenes from everyday life) with young men - for example, The Musicians (1591-1592, Metropolitan Museum, New York City) - which were done for his first important patron, Cardinal Francesco del Monte.
Caravaggio's personal life was turbulent. He was often arrested and imprisoned. He fled Rome for Naples in 1606 when charged with murder. There he spent several months executing such works as the Flagellation of Christ (San Domenico Maggiore, Naples), which were crucial to the development of naturalism among the artists of that city. Later that year he traveled to Malta, was made a knight, or cavaliere, of the Maltese order, and executed one of his few portraits, that of his fellow cavaliere Alof de Wignacourt (1608, Louvre). In October of 1608, Caravaggio was again arrested and, escaping from a Maltese jail, went to Syracuse in Sicily. The artist died on the beach at Port'Ercole in Tuscany on July 18, 1610, of a fever contracted after a mistaken arrest.
Our paintings are hand painted on canvas. Each is a museum quality reproduction of a masterpiece, completely handpainted by one of our professional artists all of whom are art school graduates. It has not been stretched and is unframed. You can get it framed any way you like by your local framer or frame it yourself. The painting size is 24 x 20 inches (approx. 60 X 50 cm). There is extra canvas around the edges to allow for stretching.
All of our paintings, which take weeks to complete, are signed by one of our commissioned artists from around the world. Only the best quality oil paints and canvas are used by our professional artists. Our high standard of Quality Control ensures that each painting is very carefully inspected by our Italian Art Director.
This is a top quality hand painted oil Painting - not a Print, Poster or Canvas Transfer and much nicer to own. Old masters such as this require extraordinary artistic skills and a lot of time to reproduce and so are more costly than many of our paintings. In galleries, repreduction oil paintings of this quality sell for £500+.
Paintings are available in a range of sizes from 20cm x 25cm (8 by 10 inches) up to 90cm x 120cm (36 x 48 inches). Choose the size as an option for each product, the price shown for each size is as a variance to the standard price.
Delivery costs £15 to anywhere in the world. Please allow 3 to 4 weeks for your painting to be painted and shipped to you by TNT couriers. When the painting is complete and inspected a picture of your painting is sent to you for approval and a TNT tracking number is provided. Canvases are shipped rolled-up in a cardboard tube.