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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David with the Head of Goliath, 1606 (detail) - Caravaggio - www.caravaggio-foundation.org
David with the Head of Goliath, 1606 (detail)
Taking of Christ c. 1598 - Caravaggio - www.caravaggio-foundation.org
Taking of Christ c. 1598
The Conversion of the Magdalen, 1597-98 (detail) - Caravaggio - www.caravaggio-foundation.org
The Conversion of the Magdalen, 1597-98 (detail)
Sleeping Cupid 1608 - Caravaggio - www.caravaggio-foundation.org
Sleeping Cupid 1608
Still Life - Caravaggio - www.caravaggio-foundation.org
Still Life
The Conversion on the Way to Damascus (detail) 1600 - Caravaggio - www.caravaggio-foundation.org
The Conversion on the Way to Damascus (detail) 1600
The Holy Family with St. John the Baptist - Caravaggio - www.caravaggio-foundation.org
The Holy Family with St. John the Baptist
The Supper at Emmaus, 1601 - Caravaggio - www.caravaggio-foundation.org
The Supper at Emmaus, 1601
St. John the Baptist c. 1604 - Caravaggio - www.caravaggio-foundation.org
St. John the Baptist c. 1604
St. Jerome Writing, c.1604 (detail) - Caravaggio - www.caravaggio-foundation.org
St. Jerome Writing, c.1604 (detail)
Portrait of Alof de Wignacourt 1608 - Caravaggio - www.caravaggio-foundation.org
Portrait of Alof de Wignacourt 1608
Portrait of Alof de Wignacourt 1607-08 - Caravaggio - www.caravaggio-foundation.org
Portrait of Alof de Wignacourt 1607-08

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