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Celebrate Caravaggio’s 400th With A Roman Wine Tour

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Yes, it’s been 400 years since the infamous Italian artist and party boy Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio left this world under shadowy circumstances. To toast the life and death of Rome’s rock star of chiaroscuro, the Scuderie del Quirinale is offering up a look back at his work and influence in an exhibition starting on the 20th of this month. ... Read More »

Tuscany CSI: Modern Detectives Investigate Caravaggio’s Mysterious Death

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In the summer of 1610, the 39-year-old painter Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio was on the run, sleeping with his hand on his sword. He had risen from selling his art on the streets of Rome to the heights of national fame. Now, he was traveling through Tuscany, hoping the law didn’t pick up on his trail before he reached Rome, ... Read More »

Portrait of The Artist as a Sick, Beaten, Shot, Cut, and Dying Man

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  Just the other day, a newly discovered painting (above left) by reclusive English modern master, Lucian Freud, was unveiled before heading to auction. Like so much of Freud’s work, the piece exalts in the rheumy yellows, reds, and purples of human flesh that most painters avoid. Unlike other Freud examples, though, this one gives a peek into the secretive ... Read More »

Caravaggio in Chicago

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If all our talk of our upcoming guide to Art + Travel Europe has you thirsting to see the real thing, then you’re in luck–well, at least if you live in Chicago. The Art Institute of Chicago, the Windy City’s premier art museum, is currently hosting Caravaggio’s 1601 masterpiece Read More »

Digging into Caravaggio’s Death

A detail from Caravaggio's 'Entombment of Christ', 1602

For the artist Caravaggio, life could be as dark and violent as his paintings. For a while he was the most famous artist in Rome, but he died penniless and alone, on his way to Rome after years on the run. According to historians, the artist was hoping for a pardon for murder of a rival, an and end to ... Read More »

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