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Carvaggio AJP 2008 - Images in Psychiatry Caravaggio(15711610 ichelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio transformed European painting He introduced a new

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Am J Psychiatry 165:2, February 2008 201 Images in Psychiatry ajp.psychiatryonline.org Caravaggio (1571–1610) M ichelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio transformed Euro- pean painting. He introduced a new visual dynamism that he combined with a highly developed naturalism. Unlike most painters of his time, he used real models drawn from the streets, a practice that enhanced his naturalism. His paintings captured people in moments of intense psychological tension, and his use of raking light and deep shadow was dramatic and original. Car- avaggio’s innovative paintings influenced the later work of Ve- lazquez and Rembrandt. Caravaggio was probably born in Milan (1). The Merisi family had lived for several generations in the small Lombard town of Caravaggio, hence the name he adopted. He was the oldest of four children. His father was a builder and architect who died of the plague when Caravaggio was six. He received some formal educa- tion and was apprenticed to a Milanese painter at 13. His mother died in 1590, and he took his inheritance and left for Rome. Ini-
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This note was uploaded on 11/29/2010 for the course PSYCH SY BEH 102 taught by Professor Raymondw.novaco during the Spring '10 term at UC Irvine.

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