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It is difficult to describe Caravaggio’s art without referring to the events in his life’s account. The fact that there was a dark dimension to his art is indispensable. However, there were adequate reasons for his interpretations, which were based on crude reality. He was exposed to too much truth and had an elevated mind that could not be burdened with fantasies. With his artistic genius, Caravaggio saw things in their natural states. Instead of visualizing a clean, smiling, and angel-like St. Mathew, he found the imagery of an old, poor, and illiterate man more befitting.
Although his paintings are vulgar to some extent, the emotions that this vulgarity invokes helps the viewer to look deeper and find honest and truth-bearing representations of what could have been going on in the scenes that he depicted in his paintings. Caravaggio’s exploratory nature exposed him to a lot of knowledge about himself. He seemed spiritually illuminated but instead of conforming to a good cause, he chose self-destruction. The symbolism in his art betrays his inability to bear with his reality, although he was conscious about it.