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Caravaggio's close followers

Caravaggio’s practice of painting from life and his use of chiaroscuro were quickly emulated. However, artists in Caravaggio’s circle did not simply replicate him: they developed their own individual styles and approaches, taking his art as their starting point. A glance at works by artists such as Cecco del Caravaggio (around 1589–after 1620), Bartolomeo Manfredi, Lo Spadarino (1585–1652), Carlo Saraceni, and Jusepe de Ribera reveals the sheer skill and diversity of his close followers.

Giovanni Antonio Galli, called Lo Spadarino, 'Christ displaying his Wounds', about 1625–35 © Courtesy of Perth Museum & Art Gallery, Perth & Kinross Council

Giovanni Antonio Galli, called Lo Spadarino, 'Christ displaying his Wounds', about 1625–35 © Courtesy of Perth Museum & Art Gallery, Perth & Kinross Council

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