ended a tradition of Italian Renaissance painting
with his radically new naturalistic style. Caravaggio
used the streets and brothels for the inspiration
for many of his early works. Caravaggio was
sponsored by a patron by the name Cardinal Francesco
Maria Del Monte and Caravaggio opened a small
studio in his palace.
Working with a limited light source, he shed
the restraints of the typical views of art at
the time. His models came off the streets -
beggars, vagabonds, musicians, women. Caravaggio's
style was also the expression of a sincere and
humble faith. Depicting martyrs and saints in
a bold, naturalistic fashion.