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Carlo Crivelli

A prominent painter in the Italian Renaissance, Crivelli (1430–1495) devoted his talents almost exclusively to religious commissions for churches and individuals, at a time when arts were often commissioned by the church, cities, and wealth individuals. He was a very successful “painter of status,” favoring decoratively punched gilded backgrounds covered in gold. He often painted his artworks "trompe l'oeil", a French phrase meaning literally “deceive the eye.” This art technique plays with visual deception, painters rendering objects in extremely fine detail to trick the eye in seeing a flat painting detail as a raised, three-dimensional object. Unlike his contemporaries during the Renaissance (such as Leonardo Da Vinci or Michelangelo), his works are not "soft" but clear and definite in contour with marked attention to detail.

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