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Death of the Virgin Michelangelo Merisi was born in Caravaggio Italy in 1573 He grew up to be known by the name of his birthplace Caravaggio and as an artist He was probably the most revolutionary artist of his time breaking the rules of previous artists Carvaggio had spent his childhood in the presence of art living with a painter for four years before moving to Rome to work as an assistant to other painters In about 1595 he began to sell his paintings through a dealer who brought him to the attention of the Cardinal At the age of 24 he was called upon by the Cardinal Francesco del Monte to paint for a church He was criticized a lot for the realistic and dramatic nature of his works Despite the criticism he was a recognized and eventually envied painter While in Rome he was imprisoned for several assaults He fled the city and eventually ended up in Naples in about 1607 Here he painted for a while During this period his paintings were dark and urgent reflecting his feelings at the time He left and continued to stay undercover for two more years before being arrested and dying not long thereafter During this period however his paintings were among the best of his career Caravaggios Death of the Virgin was painted in 1605-1606 in France probably on his run to Naples The Death of the Virgin requires some background information to fully understand the meaning of the painting The Virgin Mary the mother of Jesus Christ has a special place of devotion especially in the Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox churches and is considered a historical work to these and other religions Caravaggio was not influenced much by other painters He was making up his own style of painting A critic of the age Giovanni Pietro Bellori wrote Caravaggio deserves great praise as he was the only one
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