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Caravaggio's style would develop from an early emphasis on genre scenes and still-lifes towards an extravagent series of large-scale paintings where the artist felt as if he had been set free. The development of Caravaggio's personality was directly reflected in his work, ending with a darkness and aggression which underlined his own personal issues as he continued to be pursued by authorities across Europe. Caravaggio's level of realism shocked many in the art world, who were not ready for the realities of life being accurately captured on the canvas. Various quotes on Caravaggio underline how many still preferred masters to capture idealistic scenes.
A key attribute of Caravaggio's style was to draw the viewer into the painting as another part of the scene. In Supper at Emmaus he allows one of the subjects to lean towards the viewer, drawing them into the artwork on the other side of the table. Whatever the views of critics at the time, Caravaggio's paintings are known to have inspired masters such as Rubens, Velazquez and Rembrandt.