Stephen Cook Photography
Chiaroscuro with a modern bent Most of the art created during the renaissance was created for patrons, and those patrons were usually associated with the church. Michelangelo, Titian, and Leonardo Da Vinci all created some of their greatest works for the church. Think of the Sistine Chapel, Titian's Salome or The Last Supper of Da Vinci. ! ! The artist's work I most admire from this period is Michelangelo Merisi de Caravaggio. He lived a turbulent, often violent life, from 1571 to 1610 when he died under mysterious circumstances. J Patrice Marandel describes Caravaggio in the LACMA exhibition catalog, Caravaggio and His Legacy, "Michelangelo Merisi de Caravaggio's infamous reputation and complicated persona tend to eclipse recognition of his great talent and artistic influence. Sometimes considered the first modern artist, Caravaggio created paintings with an unprecedented, emotionally charged realism that changed the direction of art in his time and beyond." ! ! Modern art, for the most part, has left the church and the great themes of the Bible behind. I am creating a series of photographs inspired by the renaissance masters, in particular Michelangelo Merisi de Caravaggio. The series will draw inspiration from his use of strong contrast of light and dark known as chiaroscuro.