Shirley Smith

Renaissance Art Historian

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The Garden House, Bruisyard,

Saxmundham, Suffolk, IP17 2ED

Caravaggio: The Master of Light and Shadow

Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio was a man out of step with his time. Scorning the traditional idealised interpretation of religious subjects, he took his models from the streets, painting them realistically and heightening the emotional intensity by his dramatic contrasts of light and shade. Such a revolutionary style was condemned by many as was his equally dramatic personal life and uncontrollable temper which inolved him in endless brawls and even murder.


This lecture will study the life and works of this enigmatic man and of his influence on later artists.


Caravaggio The Death of the Virgin 1602-06

Image source: Web Gallery of Art