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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Martyrdom of St. Ursula - Caravaggio - www.caravaggio-foundation.org
Martyrdom of St. Ursula
Allegory of the Elements, the Universe and Signs of... - Caravaggio - www.caravaggio-foundation.org
Allegory of the Elements, the Universe and Signs of...
The Entombment 1602-03 - Caravaggio - www.caravaggio-foundation.org
The Entombment 1602-03
The Martyrdom of St. Matthew - Caravaggio - www.caravaggio-foundation.org
The Martyrdom of St. Matthew
Death of the Virgin - Caravaggio - www.caravaggio-foundation.org
Death of the Virgin
Judith Beheading Holofernes (detail 2) c. 1598 - Caravaggio - www.caravaggio-foundation.org
Judith Beheading Holofernes (detail 2) c. 1598
Ecce Homo - Caravaggio - www.caravaggio-foundation.org
Ecce Homo
Amor Victorious 1602-03 - Caravaggio - www.caravaggio-foundation.org
Amor Victorious 1602-03
David with the Head of Goliath, 1606 - Caravaggio - www.caravaggio-foundation.org
David with the Head of Goliath, 1606
Jupiter, Neptune and Pluto - Caravaggio - www.caravaggio-foundation.org
Jupiter, Neptune and Pluto
St. Matthew and the Angel - Caravaggio - www.caravaggio-foundation.org
St. Matthew and the Angel
The Decapitation of St. John the Baptist, 1608 - Caravaggio - www.caravaggio-foundation.org
The Decapitation of St. John the Baptist, 1608

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