Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio, ‘The Musicians’, 1597, The Metropolitan Museum of Art
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The Musicians, 1597

Oil on canvas
36 1/4 × 46 5/8 in
92.1 × 118.4 cm
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The Metropolitan Museum of Art (Rogers Fund, 1952), licensed under CC0 1.0 Universal
Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio
Italian, 1571–1610
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Baroque painter Caravaggio (born Michelangelo Merisi in the town of Caravaggio, just ouside Milan) is best known for his bold, realistic style and the dramatic expression of his striking compositions—from the severed heads of Goliath and snaked-hair Medusa to sensual bacchanal youths to overflowing bowls of glistening fruit and flowers. Contrasting light and shadow using a technique called chiaroscuro, Caravaggio infused his works, like The Calling of St Matthew (1599-1600), with such visual and psychological intensity and energy that the forms seem to burst from the picture plane. Caravaggio’s realism and chiaroscuro technique made a lasting impression on generations of artists, including Rubens, Rembrandt, Velázquez and Murillo.

Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio, ‘The Musicians’, 1597, The Metropolitan Museum of Art
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About the work
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The Metropolitan Museum of Art (Rogers Fund, 1952), licensed under CC0 1.0 Universal
Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio
Italian, 1571–1610
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Baroque painter Caravaggio (born Michelangelo Merisi in the town of Caravaggio, just ouside Milan) is best known for his bold, realistic style and the dramatic expression of his striking compositions—from the severed heads of Goliath and snaked-hair Medusa to sensual bacchanal youths to overflowing bowls of glistening fruit and flowers. Contrasting light and shadow using a technique called chiaroscuro, Caravaggio infused his works, like The Calling of St Matthew (1599-1600), with such visual and psychological intensity and energy that the forms seem to burst from the picture plane. Caravaggio’s realism and chiaroscuro technique made a lasting impression on generations of artists, including Rubens, Rembrandt, Velázquez and Murillo.

The Musicians, 1597

Oil on canvas
36 1/4 × 46 5/8 in
92.1 × 118.4 cm
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