1571 - 1610

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Michelangelo Merisi (Michele Angelo Merigi or Amerighi) da Caravaggio, known as simply Caravaggio (, US: , Italian: [mikeˈlandʒelo meˈriːzi da (k)karaˈvaddʒo]; 29 September 1571 – 18 July 1610), 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 4,876,533 page views. His biography is available in 95 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 93 in 2019). Caravaggio is the 13th most popular painter (down from 11th in 2019), the 22nd most popular biography from Italy (down from 20th in 2019) and the 3rd most popular Painter.

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

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Among painters, Caravaggio ranks 13 out of 1,421Before him are Salvador Dalí, Claude Monet, Johannes Vermeer, Peter Paul Rubens, Albrecht Dürer, and Edvard Munch. After him are Francisco Goya, Sandro Botticelli, Diego Velázquez, Paul Cézanne, Henri Matisse, and Paul Gauguin.

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Among people born in 1571, Caravaggio ranks 2Before him is Johannes Kepler. After him are Abbas the Great, Hasekura Tsunenaga, Michael Praetorius, Emperor Go-Yōzei, Mulla Sadra, Thomas Mun, Frederick de Houtman, 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, Frederick IV, Elector Palatine, Anna of Sweden, and Hasegawa Tōhaku.

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In Italy

Among people born in Italy, Caravaggio ranks 22 out of 4,668Before him are Cicero (-106), Virgil (-70), Commodus (161), Giordano Bruno (1548), Francis of Assisi (1182), and Amerigo Vespucci (1454). After him are Nero (37), Ovid (-43), Sandro Botticelli (1445), Marcus Aurelius (121), Petrarch (1304), and Caligula (12).

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), Amedeo Modigliani (1884), Giotto (1267), Tintoretto (1518), Masaccio (1401), Giuseppe Arcimboldo (1526), and Andrea del Verrocchio (1435).