Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggiowas an Italian artist active in Rome, Naples, Malta, and Sicily His paintings, which combine a realistic observation of the human state, both physical and emotional, with a dramatic use of lighting, had a formative influence on Baroque painting In this volume, numerous large sized illustrations showcase the artist s oeuvre authoritative texts illustrate the decisive stages in the artist s life and in the development of his work, explaining their significance in the context of his time and for the following generations of artists