MICHELANGELO Merisi da Caravaggio (1571-1610), the great Italian Baroque artist, was a violent and temperamental artist. Though Caravaggio died young and somewhat in mysterious circumstances while in exile, he managed to create some of the most sublimely beautiful paintings of the era. Some art historians believe him to be the first realist painter.
From Francine Prose’s Caravaggio: Painter of Miracles (2005)
Read about Caravaggio’s lost painting, “The Taking of Christ” in Jonathan Harr’s The Lost Painting: The Quest for a Caravaggio Masterpiece (2005), the author of A Civil Action (1995). For a more detailed biography of Caravaggio, read Helen Langdon’s Caravaggio: A Life (1999).