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Tension is often created through an artists abstract and surrealist depiction of a character or event as the product is subjective and purposefully portrays unseen elements However tension can also arise through realistic art methods as an artists interpretation of events can differ tremendously from traditional views of the public Caravaggios artwork was considered highly controversial during his time period due to his defiance of traditional norms particularly through his incorporation of religious elements Opposed to the imitation of nature typically portrayed in art during the Renaissance era Caravaggios paintings focused on the naturalization of the ideal The intense contrast between light and darkness placement of characters and use of spatial elements contributed to Caravaggios purposeEarly on in his career Caravaggio challenged the typical depiction of subjects in his painting The Fortune Teller The painting shows a turbaned gypsy fortune-teller washed in a pellucid glow traditionally reserved for saints as she slyly removes a young mans ring Fortune-tellers were typically the personification of danger and corruption thus the cast of holy light upon such a figure created an upheaval of controversy Through an analysis of Caravaggios use of light in The Fortune Teller it can be argued he wished to demonstrate the good that lies even within characters of contemptible activity On the other hand the holy light being cast upon a sinner can also demonstrate the publics faulty appraisal of religious characters Simply because one is associated with elements of the divine does not mean their character is necessarily free of corruption and sin In 1599 Caravaggio was chosen to depict significant religious scenes from the Bible such as The Calling showing the moment Jesus Christ inspires Matthew to follow him and The Martyrdom of St Matthew in which Saint Matthew lies upon the ground moments before his murder In The Calling instead of creating a composition where everything revolves around the encounter between Christ and the tax collector Caravaggio allows the encounter to
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