Caravaggio
Portrait

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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St Francis in Ecstasy - Caravaggio - www.caravaggio-foundation.org
St Francis in Ecstasy
Rest on the Flight into Egypt, c.1603 - Caravaggio - www.caravaggio-foundation.org
Rest on the Flight into Egypt, c.1603
Boy with a Basket of Fruit (Giovane con un cesto di... - Caravaggio - www.caravaggio-foundation.org
Boy with a Basket of Fruit (Giovane con un cesto di...
Martyrdom of St. Matthew (Martirio di san Matteo) - Caravaggio - www.caravaggio-foundation.org
Martyrdom of St. Matthew (Martirio di san Matteo)
Rest during the flight into Egypt - Caravaggio - www.caravaggio-foundation.org
Rest during the flight into Egypt
Saint Francis in Meditation - Caravaggio - www.caravaggio-foundation.org
Saint Francis in Meditation
The Crucifixion of St. Peter, 1600-01 - Caravaggio - www.caravaggio-foundation.org
The Crucifixion of St. Peter, 1600-01
Madonna del Rosario 1607 - Caravaggio - www.caravaggio-foundation.org
Madonna del Rosario 1607
The Conversion of the Magdalen, 1597-98 - Caravaggio - www.caravaggio-foundation.org
The Conversion of the Magdalen, 1597-98
Penitent Magdalen - Caravaggio - www.caravaggio-foundation.org
Penitent Magdalen
Portrait of a Courtesan c. 1598 - Caravaggio - www.caravaggio-foundation.org
Portrait of a Courtesan c. 1598
Madonna Palafrenieri (detail) 1606 - Caravaggio - www.caravaggio-foundation.org
Madonna Palafrenieri (detail) 1606

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