Angelo, a literature student from Avigliano, in the southern Basilicata region, presented the four-judge panel with the incredible act in a show aired on Wednesday night.
The impressive act used live actors and clever lighting to almost perfectly recreate three of Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio's most famous Baroque masterpieces: 'The Crucifixion of St. Peter', 'The Calling of Saint Matthew' and 'The Death of the Virgin'.
“In Avigliano, the tradition of living paintings – known as quadri plastici – is part of the popular tradition,” Angelo told the judges, explaining where he found his inspiration.
The performance saw 23 actors, aged between 13 and 61, wearing period costumes and make-up, re-enact Caravaggio's painted scenes live on stage, inside three specially made boxes.
Each box was then lit up in a way that perfectly captured Caravaggio's iconic use of shadow and light, known as chiaroscuro.
As if by magic, the lighting transformed the on-stage actors into near-perfect replicas of the 400-year-old paintings.
Unsurprisingly, the act was given four 'yes' votes from the judges. A video of the act can be seen below – the performance starts at 0.58