BORN: September 29, 1571, Milan, Italy.
DIED: Died: July 18, 1610, Grosseto, Italy.
§ Caravaggio was orphaned at age 11, in the same year he was apprenticed to the painter Simone Peterzano of Milan.
§ In 1595, he began to sell his pictures through a dealer, Maestro Valentino, who brought Caravaggio's work to the attention of Cardinal Francesco del Monte.
§ In 1597, he received a commission for the decoration of the Contarelli Chapel in the Church of San Luigi dei Francesi in Rome.
§ From 1600-1606, Caravaggio had many encounters with the law on account of his violent nature. In 1606, he killed Ranuccio Tomassoni in a brawl over a disputed score in a game of tennis.
§ From 1606-1609, he fled justice by traveling to Malta, Sicily and Naples. During this time he continued to paint and receive commissions. He sought a pardon from the Pope, only to receive it three days after his death on July 18, 1610.
§ Caravaggio has been called the second Michelangelo.
St Matthew and the Angel, The Calling of St Matthew, and The Martyrdom of St Matthew, Boy with a Fruit Basket, The Young Bacchus, The Crucifixion of St Peter, The Conversion of St Paul.