Madonna of the Rosary by Caravaggio was created in 1603. The painting is in Kunsthistorisches Museum, Wien. The size of the work is 364,5 x 249,5 cm and is made as an oil on canvas.
The Madonna asks St. Dominic to distribute rosaries among the people. St. Peter Martyr points out the origin of all grace, the infant Jesus. The founder invites the observer likewise to seek shelter with St. Dominic. Caravaggio probably painted the altar-piece in Rome.1620 the painting was donated to the Dominican Church in Antwerp by a group of artists (including Rubens and Jan Breughel). (Read more in Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien)
About the Artist: Italian painter Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio was born in Milan. During the final four years of his life he moved between Naples, Malta, and Sicily until his death. His paintings have been characterized by art critics as combining a realistic observation of the human state, both physical and emotional, with a dramatic use of lighting, which had a formative influence on Baroque painting. Caravaggio employed close physical observation with a dramatic use of chiaroscuro that came to be known as tenebrism. He made the technique a dominant stylistic element, transfixing subjects in bright shafts of light and darkening shadows… Read more