1571 - 1610

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Michelangelo Merisi (Michele Angelo Merigi or Amerighi) da Caravaggio, known as Caravaggio (, US: , Italian pronunciation: [mikeˈlandʒelo meˈriːzi da kkaraˈvaddʒo]; 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 4,175,661 page views. His biography is available in 93 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 87 in 2019). Caravaggio is the 11th most popular painter, the 20th most popular biography from Italy (up from 22nd in 2019) and the 3rd most popular Italian Painter.

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

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Among painters, Caravaggio ranks 11 out of 1,428Before him are Rembrandt, Salvador Dalí, Albrecht Dürer, Frida Kahlo, Claude Monet, and Peter Paul Rubens. After him are Edvard Munch, Johannes Vermeer, Francisco Goya, Sandro Botticelli, Paul Gauguin, and Paul Cézanne.

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

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In Italy

Among people born in Italy, Caravaggio ranks 20 out of 4,088Before him are Thomas Aquinas (1225), Giuseppe Verdi (1813), Cicero (-106), Commodus (161), Nero (37), and Giordano Bruno (1548). After him are Francis of Assisi (1182), Marcus Aurelius (121), Virgil (-70), Petrarch (1304), Amerigo Vespucci (1454), and Giovanni Boccaccio (1313).

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), Donatello (1386), Titian (1488), Amedeo Modigliani (1884), Giotto (1267), Giuseppe Arcimboldo (1526), Masaccio (1401), Artemisia Gentileschi (1593), and Tintoretto (1518).