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This, however, was in the future: at the time, Caravaggio sold it for practically nothing.The Cardsharps – showing another naïve youth of privilege falling the victim of card cheats – is even more psychologically complex, and perhaps Caravaggio's first true masterpiece.
In 1609 he returned to Naples, where he was involved in a violent clash; his face was disfigured and rumours of his death circulated.Orsi, established in the profession, introduced him to influential collectors; Longhi, more balefully, introduced him to the world of Roman street-brawls.Minniti served Caravaggio as a model and, years later, would be instrumental in helping him to obtain important commissions in Sicily.A brawl led to a death sentence for murder and forced him to flee to Naples.There he again established himself as one of the most prominent Italian painters of his generation.Caravaggio vividly expressed crucial moments and scenes, often featuring violent struggles, torture and death.
He worked rapidly, with live models, preferring to forego drawings and work directly onto the canvas.
Caravaggio trained as a painter in Milan before moving in his twenties to Rome.
He developed a considerable name as an artist, and as a violent, touchy and provocative man.
Caravaggio employed close physical observation with a dramatic use of chiaroscuro that came to be known as tenebrism.
He made the technique a dominant stylistic element, darkening shadows and transfixing subjects in bright shafts of light.
– 18 July 1610) was an Italian painter active in Rome, Naples, Malta, and Sicily from the early 1590s to 1610.