If you like cinema and are visiting Rome this month…
Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio , or better known as Caravaggio led an extremely tumultuous and short life. His career was very short, spanning only ten years. However in those ten years he painted some of the most extraordinary and realistic paintings of his time.
He was a master of chiaroscuro, the use of light and shadow. Caravaggioâ€™s paintings are fantastic to look at. They seem to be self illuminated and they stand out from a mile away. The subjects are always bathed in light and the detail and realism of his paintings is extraordinary.
He was never short of patronages and work but he prone to brawling and being frivolous with his money. In a brawl in Rome he killed a man and was then forced to flee as he had now been branded an outlaw. He then continued his work in Naples, Malta and Sicily. Always being forced to flee because he was involved in fights or because he was a target for a revenge killing.
His works of art are dotted all over Rome. His paintings are on display in Villa Borghese , Santa Maria Del Popolo , San Luigi dei Francesi, Pinacoteca Vaticana and Galleria Nazionale dâ€™Arte Antica.