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The Crowning with Thorns (c. 1603) by Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio (1571–1610).  Kunsthistorisches Museum (Art History Museum) in Vienna. Source: Adam Ján Figeľ/Adobe/Stock

Caravaggio, The Artist Who Died For His Art (Video)


Caravaggio, the charismatic artist of the Baroque era, left an undeniable  mark on the art world with his revolutionary chiaroscuro technique, which brought an unparalleled depth and drama to his paintings. However, his life was as tumultuous as his art was transcendent. Caravaggio's penchant for trouble often led him into violent altercations and associations with unsavory characters, earning him a notorious reputation in Rome.

Despite his artistic genius, Caravaggio's volatile nature frequently landed him in trouble with the law. His tumultuous lifestyle, marked by brawls and excess, eventually caught up with him. In 1606, he was involved in a fatal duel that resulted in the death of a rival, forcing him to flee Rome and live the rest of his life as a fugitive.

Caravaggio's death in 1610 remains shrouded in mystery, with theories ranging from illness to assassination. Regardless of the circumstances, his demise served as a tragic conclusion to a life defined by artistic brilliance and personal turmoil. Caravaggio's uncompromising dedication to his craft ultimately became both his greatest triumph and his tragic downfall, immortalizing him as much for his art as for the tumultuous life he led.

Top image: The Crowning with Thorns (c. 1603) by Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio (1571–1610).  Kunsthistorisches Museum (Art History Museum) in Vienna. Source: Adam Ján Figeľ/Adobe/Stock               

By Robbie Mitchell

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I’m a graduate of History and Literature from The University of Manchester in England and a total history geek. Since a young age, I’ve been obsessed with history. The weirder the better. I spend my days working as a freelance... Read More

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