The Artist Birthday Series

Caravaggio

1950 - Workmen at the Museum Of Modern Art in New York, uncrating the "Madonna Of The Rosary," by Caravaggio
1950 – Workmen at the Museum Of Modern Art in New York, unloading the “Madonna Of The Rosary,” by Caravaggio

 

"Seven Works Of Mercy," 1607
“Seven Works Of Mercy,” 1607

 

Despite his success in Naples, Caravaggio moved on to Malta, but his troublesome behavior continued to plague him. He was involved in a brawl in Malta in 1608, and another after his return to Naples in 1609 (possibly a deliberate attempt on his life by unidentified enemies). This last encounter left him severely injured. In the summer of 1610 he took a boat northwards to receive a papal pardon for the murder of Tommasoni, which seemed imminent thanks to his powerful Roman friends. With him were three last paintings, gifts for Cardinal Scipione.

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