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Friday, 30 April 2010

Caravaggio's Paintings & His Use of Color and Drama in Art


This painting is by Caravaggio, Boy Bitten by a Lizard. Caravaggio was an Italian artist who lived from 1573 to 1610. He had a turbulent history. In my prior post, I wrote about Rembrandt and his use of strong light and dark contrast. Caravaggio’s painting also shows his use of light and dark values used to model form (chiaroscuro). In this painting you can see the balance of strong light and dark shadow in the boy’s face. You can see these contrasts in other areas such as the boy’s arm and the vase on the table. It also shows the boy’s emotions of pain and surprise. Caravaggio was known for his dramatic scenes and his realistic treatment of figures with objects such as fruit.

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