Why is Caravaggio considered so much more influential than other similar artists of his time?

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samantha-burton-educator eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Caravaggio (Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio) was well known for his incredible use of chiaroscuro (http://www.enotes.com/homework-help/who-chiaroscuro-42543).

His oil paintings are primarily of biblical and dramatic nature, popular in that time period (late 1500s), and worked in Rome early in his career when there was a high demand for paintings to fill new churches and palazzos. 

Because of his realistic style, and effective, dramatic use of light/dark he was (and still is) incredibly popular and influential.

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sam-test-account | Student

He killed a guy too! Supposedly.