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Just stunning - Caravaggio. Detail from 'The Denial of St. Peter'. A master of Chiaroscuro.

Artwork by Italian artist Caravaggio. Stark contrast of light and shadow. We begin to question what is lurking in that darkness.

Annibale Carracci, Italian 1560–1609, The Assumption of the Virgin (L'Assunzione della Vergine) c.1587, oil on canvas, 130.0 x 97.0 cm. Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid (P00075), Spanish Royal Collection.

Assumption of the Virgin c. 1590 Oil on canvas, 130 x 97 cm Museo del Prado, Madrid Annibale Carracci

Travel to: The Cerasi Chapel in Santa Maria del Popolo to see Cavaggio's  to see "Conversion of Saint Paul on the Road to Damascus" and "Crucifixion of Saint Peter."

Travel to: The Cerasi Chapel in Santa Maria del Popolo to see Cavaggio's to see "Conversion of Saint Paul on the Road to Damascus" and "Crucifixion of Saint Peter.

Contarelli Chapel, containing three paintings by Caravaggio: The Calling of St Matthew, The Inspiration of Saint Matthew, and The Martyrdom ...

Contarelli Chapel, containing three paintings by Caravaggio: The Calling of St Matthew, The Inspiration of Saint Matthew, and The Martyrdom of Saint Matthew. San Luigi dei Francesi (Church of St. Louis of the French). (Photo ID

Note the mosaics on the walls all around -- those letters back there are 6 ft tall!    The baldacchino, a monumental canopy that covers the shrine of St. Peter. Made of dark bronze accented with gold vine leaves, it was sculpted from 1624 to 1633 by Lorenzo Bernini under the direction of Barberini Pope Urban VIII.

The baldacchino, a monumental canopy that covers the shrine of St. Made of dark bronze accented with gold vine leaves, it was sculpted from 1624 .

Baroque Art: Definition, History: Architecture, Sculpture, Painting: Bernini, Rubens, Caravaggio, Velazquez, Pietro da Cortona

The painting depicts an episode from the Old Testament the story of Samson and Delilah. Peter Paul Rubens a great Baroque style painter captures the dramatic moment of betrayal in the Old Testament story dated around

Caravaggio, Saint Catherine of Alexandria, 1598,  the light is so delicate in paintings by Caravaggio. The way he could paint was in strong contrast with how he lived his life.

Caravaggio, St Catherine of Alexandria c. 1598 Oil on canvas, 173 x 133 cm Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza, Madrid

Caravaggio The Seven Acts of Mercy Masters of Art: Caravaggio (1571 1610)

Caravaggio - Sette opere di Misericordia cca 1607 (Seven Acts of Mercy). The painting depicts the seven corporal works of mercy in traditional Catholic belief, which are a set of compassionate acts concerning the material welfare of others.

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