Carlo Crivelli Paintings

Carlo Crivelli was an Italian Renaissance painter of conservative Gothic sensibility, who is now considered one of the late Middle Ages' most distinctive artists. Born around 1430, possibly in Venice, he was influenced by the Vivarini family and the Byzantine tradition prevalent in Venetian painting at the time. Despite his Venetian origins, much of his life's work was completed in the Marche region of Italy, where he seemed to have settled by the 1450s.

Crivelli's style is characterized by its emphasis on line and pattern, giving his paintings a highly decorative quality. His use of trompe l'oeil and meticulous attention to detail, as seen in the rendering of jewels, fabrics, and architectural elements, was ahead of his time and set his work apart from his contemporaries. He had a particular talent for creating texture and depth, using raised gesso (a type of plaster) to give an embossed effect to certain areas of his paintings, a technique known as 'pastiglia'.

Among his notable works are the 'Annunciation with St Emidius' (1486) and the 'Madonna and Child' series, which showcase his ability to infuse sacred subjects with a sense of grandeur and emotional intensity. His paintings often featured complex iconography and were marked by their vivid colors, especially his use of a rich, deep blue.

Carlo Crivelli was awarded the title of 'Knight' (Cavaliere) by the King of Naples, which suggests that his work was appreciated during his lifetime, although he never achieved the fame of some of his contemporaries like Bellini or Mantegna. His work fell into relative obscurity after his death, but the 19th century saw a revival of interest in Crivelli's work, and he is now acknowledged as a master of the Italian Renaissance.

Crivelli's exact date of death is uncertain, but it is believed that he died around 1495. His legacy is one of a brilliant and somewhat idiosyncratic artist whose contributions to the art of the Italian Renaissance continue to be celebrated for their originality and mastery of detail.