Caravaggio
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Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio (Milan, 28 September 1571 - Porto Ercole, 18 July 1610) was an Italian artist active in Rome, Naples, Malta and Sicily between 1593 and 1610. He is commonly placed in the Baroque school, of which he is considered the first great representative.

Even in his own lifetime Caravaggio was considered enigmatic, fascinating, rebellious and dangerous. He burst upon the Rome art scene in 1600, and thereafter never lacked for commissions or patrons, yet he handled his success atrociously. An early published notice on him, dating from 1604 and describing his lifestyle some three years previously, tells how "after a fortnight's work he will swagger about for a month or two with a sword at his side and a servant following him, from one ball-court to the next, ever ready to engage in a fight or an argument, so that it is most awkward to get along with him." In 1606 he killed a young man in a brawl and fled from Rome with a price on his head. In Malta in 1608 he was involved in another brawl, and yet another in Naples in 1609, possibly a deliberate attempt on his life by unidentified enemies. By the next year, after a relatively brief career, he was dead.

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The Young Bacchus, c.1589 - Caravaggio - www.caravaggio-foundation.org
The Young Bacchus, c.1589
Seven Works of Mercy - Caravaggio - www.caravaggio-foundation.org
Seven Works of Mercy
Madonna with the Serpent 1606 - Caravaggio - www.caravaggio-foundation.org
Madonna with the Serpent 1606
St. John the Baptist I - Caravaggio - www.caravaggio-foundation.org
St. John the Baptist I
St. John the Baptist - Caravaggio - www.caravaggio-foundation.org
St. John the Baptist
Still Life with a Basket of Fruit - Caravaggio - www.caravaggio-foundation.org
Still Life with a Basket of Fruit
Rest on the Flight into Egypt (Riposto durante la fuga... - Caravaggio - www.caravaggio-foundation.org
Rest on the Flight into Egypt (Riposto durante la fuga...
The Crucifixion of St. Peter, detail of St. Peter,... - Caravaggio - www.caravaggio-foundation.org
The Crucifixion of St. Peter, detail of St. Peter,...
The Death of the Virgin (detail) 1605-06 - Caravaggio - www.caravaggio-foundation.org
The Death of the Virgin (detail) 1605-06
Flagellation of Christ - Caravaggio - www.caravaggio-foundation.org
Flagellation of Christ
Magdalene (detail) 1596-97 - Caravaggio - www.caravaggio-foundation.org
Magdalene (detail) 1596-97
Lute Player c. 1596 - Caravaggio - www.caravaggio-foundation.org
Lute Player c. 1596

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