1571 - 1610

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Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio (also Michele Angelo Merigi or Amerighi da Caravaggio; , US: , Italian: [mikeˈlandʒelo meˈriːzi da (k)karaˈvaddʒo]; 29 September 1571 – 18 July 1610), known mononymously as Caravaggio, was an Italian painter active in Rome for most of his artistic life. During the final four years of his life, he moved between Naples, Malta, and Sicily until his death. His paintings have been characterized by art critics as combining a realistic observation of the human state, both physical and emotional, with a dramatic use of lighting, which had a formative influence on Baroque painting.Caravaggio employed close physical observation with a dramatic use of chiaroscuro that came to be known as tenebrism. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Caravaggio has received more than 6,097,816 page views. His biography is available in 97 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 95 in 2019). Caravaggio is the 12th most popular painter (up from 13th in 2019), the 22nd most popular biography from Italy and the 3rd most popular Italian Painter.

Caravaggio is most famous for his painting "The Calling of Saint Matthew."

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Over the past year Caravaggio has had the most page views in the with 866,302 views, followed by Italian (414,921), and French (256,497). In terms of yearly growth of page views the top 3 wikpedia editions are Indonesian (318.40%), Esperanto (92.21%), and Malagasy (84.72%)


Among painters, Caravaggio ranks 12 out of 2,023Before him are Salvador Dalí, Claude Monet, Albrecht Dürer, Edvard Munch, Peter Paul Rubens, and Frida Kahlo. After him are Francisco Goya, Johannes Vermeer, Henri Matisse, Paul Cézanne, Sandro Botticelli, and El Greco.

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Among people born in 1571, Caravaggio ranks 2Before him is Johannes Kepler. After him are Abbas the Great, Frederick de Houtman, Hasekura Tsunenaga, Emperor Go-Yōzei, Michael Praetorius, Thomas Mun, Mulla Sadra, Ferdinand, Prince of Asturias, Willem Blaeu, and Charles, Duke of Guise. Among people deceased in 1610, Caravaggio ranks 1After him are Henry IV of France, Matteo Ricci, Ludolph van Ceulen, François Ravaillac, Honda Tadakatsu, Adam Elsheimer, False Dmitry II, Catherine Vasa of Sweden, Anna of Sweden, Frederick IV, Elector Palatine, and Hasegawa Tōhaku.

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In Italy

Among people born in Italy, Caravaggio ranks 22 out of 5,161Before him are Benito Mussolini (1883), Cicero (-106), Giordano Bruno (1548), Virgil (-70), Francis of Assisi (1182), and Nero (37). After him are Petrarch (1304), Amerigo Vespucci (1454), Ovid (-43), Marcus Aurelius (121), Giovanni Boccaccio (1313), and Sandro Botticelli (1445).

Among PAINTERS In Italy

Among painters born in Italy, Caravaggio ranks 3Before him are Michelangelo (1475), and Raphael (1483). After him are Sandro Botticelli (1445), Titian (1488), Donatello (1386), Giotto (1267), Masaccio (1401), Amedeo Modigliani (1884), Tintoretto (1518), Paolo Veronese (1528), and Andrea del Verrocchio (1435).