Contarelli Chapel, San Luigi dei Francesi Church, Rome

With the completion of his first large-scale commission for the Contarelli Chapel in the church of San Luigi dei Francesi in Rome, Italy, which includes “The Calling of St. Matthew,” “The Martyrdom of St. Matthew” and “St. Matthew and the Angel,” Caravaggio became an instant celebrity. His dramatic use of chiaroscuro to organize his compositions – later labeled as “tenebrism” – rocked his contemporary artistic world, which was still largely inspired by colorful Mannerist trends. Buona visita!

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