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The Daily Book of Art by David Schmidt, Rebecca J Razo, Elizabeth T. Gilbert, Amy Runyen, Sharon Robinson, Gabriel Guzman, Dylan Gilbert, Colin Gilbert

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The Young Bacchus

MICHELANGELO MERISI DA CARAVAGGIO, 1597

 

Caravaggio’s paintings are known for their dramatic lighting and uncompromising realism. In contrast to the artificiality and false perfection that had defined Mannerism, Caravaggio’s pioneering Baroque style featured homely subjects in harsh contrasts of light and shadow (called chiaroscuro, or in its more extreme form, tenebrism), with every blemish and vice prominently displayed. The Young Bacchus is a fine example of his brutally honest approach.

 

Caravaggio had already painted one portrait of Bacchus (the Roman god of drunkenness ...

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