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Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio(1571-1610) was an Italian Painter and a revolutionary European artist whose creation led to the foundation of the Baroque style.

Caravaggio abandoned the Renaissance theory that idealized the religious experience and painted a "realistic" version of the Bible often as a bloody drama. Staging the biblical events with live models and modem 16th century fashion style, he managed generating a contemporary experience to the viewer, thus making him the most important artist of Rome.

Caravaggio dramatic scene staging and innovative treatment of light and shade influenced generations of artists including the Film Maker Martin Scorsese.