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Who Was Caravaggio? 4 Characteristics of Caravaggio’s Work

Written by the MasterClass staff

Last updated: Feb 25, 2022 • 6 min read

The painter Caravaggio is said to have refused to add angels to a composition, declaring that he had never seen an angel and therefore did not know how to portray them. That story isn’t entirely true because there are a few instances where he painted angels. Still, this rumor points to how this virtuosic painter came to be perceived as an arrogant and rebellious provocateur: the archetypal “bad boy” of the Renaissance period.