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The Calling of St. Matthew [1509 - 1602] - Caravaggio

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Baroque
17th Century

Due to the competitive patronage of wealthy Italian families, Rome became a magnet for artists in search of commissions. The contrived style of Mannerism, popular in the late 16th Century was rejected in favour of Realism. Artists fell into two main groups, the Naturalists and the Classicists

 

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