(b. 1523, Cremona, d. 1587, Cremona)
The Martyrdom of St Lawrence1581
Oil on canvas, 28 x 19 cm
San Paolo Converso, Milan
This painting can be considered an example of "ruthless illusionism": unlike Titian's celebrated "impressionistic" prototype, it is created wholly through a foreshortened sequence of muscular masses receding into a dark background. It is one of Campi's most significant works in terms of dramatic effect and closeness to Caravaggio.