Caravaggio's Paintings

caravaggio's artworks and life

Caravaggio moved to Rome, where he became well-known for his tenebrism technique, which used darkness to emphasize lighter sections.  Caravaggio was the first of the Italian Baroque artists to adopt chiaroscuro as a prominent aesthetic characteristic, intensifying the shadows and deploying clearly outlined beams of light for emphasis.

early training

Caravaggio very definitely had Classical training and was familiar with significant books of the time. Caravaggio would have read Vasari’s words and drawn inspiration and motivation from them for some of his works.

mature period

Caravaggio humanized celestial figures by depicting them as common people. He used this technique to criticize and disrupt the immaculate, idealistic images of the Italian Renaissance era.

late period

His paintings from his time in Malta are notable because he began to create with progressively quick brushstrokes and used reddish-brown tones more extensively.


Caravaggio was a significant creative impact both in his day and now, despite the fact that only twenty-one pieces have been definitely assigned to him.


Self-Portrait as Sick Bacchus (1594)

Boy Bitten by a Lizard (c. 1594)

The Musicians (1595)

Medusa (1598)

The Calling of St Matthew (1600)

The Entombment (c. 1604)

The Beheading of St John (1608)