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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Resurrection of Lazarus (detail-1) - Caravaggio - www.caravaggio-foundation.org
Resurrection of Lazarus (detail-1)
Rest during the flight into Egypt (detail-2) - Caravaggio - www.caravaggio-foundation.org
Rest during the flight into Egypt (detail-2)
St. Francis in Ecstasy c. 1595 - Caravaggio - www.caravaggio-foundation.org
St. Francis in Ecstasy c. 1595
Nativity with St Francis and St Lawrence - Caravaggio - www.caravaggio-foundation.org
Nativity with St Francis and St Lawrence
Madonna del Rosario (detail 2) 1607 - Caravaggio - www.caravaggio-foundation.org
Madonna del Rosario (detail 2) 1607
David and Goliath with a double-portrait of Caravaggio - Caravaggio - www.caravaggio-foundation.org
David and Goliath with a double-portrait of Caravaggio
St. Matthew and the Angel 1602 - Caravaggio - www.caravaggio-foundation.org
St. Matthew and the Angel 1602
Caravaggio Judith Beheading Holofernes detail2 - Caravaggio - www.caravaggio-foundation.org
Caravaggio Judith Beheading Holofernes detail2
The Lute Player c. 1600 - Caravaggio - www.caravaggio-foundation.org
The Lute Player c. 1600
The Death of the Virgin 1606 - Caravaggio - www.caravaggio-foundation.org
The Death of the Virgin 1606
Dying Slave - Caravaggio - www.caravaggio-foundation.org
Dying Slave
Portrait of a Knight of Malta - Caravaggio - www.caravaggio-foundation.org
Portrait of a Knight of Malta

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