By Alte Pinakothek, Bayerische Staatsgemäldesammlungen

Alte Pinakothek, Bavarian State Painting Collections

Present-day Portrait of Caravaggio by Jörg SchwarzenbachAlte Pinakothek, Bayerische Staatsgemäldesammlungen

Michelangelo Merisi, called Caravaggio

Born the son of Fermo Merisi of Caravaggio in Milan, Michelangelo trained there from 1584 onwards as an apprentice to Simone Peterzano. The date of his arrival in Rome is not documented. In the mid-1590s, he was taken into the household of his patron, Cardinal Francesco Maria del Monte, in the Palazzo Madama. Through Del Monte, he met Vincenzo Giustiniani, another important patron. In 1599, Caravaggio received his first public commission, the painting of the altarpieces of the Contarelli Chapel; this was followed by the side paintings in the Cerasi Chapel. From 1602/03 on, he was commissioned to paint works for the most important Roman families, including the Matteis, the Barberinis and the Borgheses. In May 1606, Caravaggio killed Ranuccio Tomassoni in a dispute, whereupon he fled to Naples. From 1607 on, he stayed in Malta, but was forced to flee from the island the following year due to a conflict and, after a one-year sojourn in Sicily, returned to Naples. On his journey back to Rome, Caravaggio died in Porto Ercole on 18 July 1610.

Good Luck (1594/1595) by Caravaggio (Michelangelo Merisi)Musei Capitolini

Medusa, called Medusa Murtola (1597) by Michelangelo Merisi da CaravaggioAlte Pinakothek, Bayerische Staatsgemäldesammlungen

St Jerome Meditating (1605) by Michelangelo Merisi da CaravaggioOriginal Source: http://www.museudemontserrat.com/

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The contents were created in connection with the exhibition "Utrecht, Caravaggio and Europe" at the Alte Pinakothek München. Click here to discover the world of the Caravaggisti.

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