1571 Born Michelangelo Merisi at Caravaggio, a small town close to Milan.

1577 Fermo Merisi, Michelangelo’s father, dies of plague.

1584 Apprenticed to the painter Simone Peterzano in Milan.

1592 Probably resident and working in Rome.

c1596–7 Joins the household of Cardinal del Monte.

1599 Caravaggio receives his first public commission to paint canvases for the Contarelli Chapel in Rome. One is rejected but the Calling of St Matthew and the Martyrdom of St Matthew are received well.

1603 Caravaggio is imprisoned and later placed under house arrest as a result of a libel action brought by a rival artist.

1606 A disputed bet on a game of tennis leads to a brawl during which Caravaggio stabs and kills another man. He is forced to leave Rome and eventually stays in Naples for some time.

1607 Travels to Malta where he is welcomed, made a Knight of the Order of St John and receives several commissions.

1608 After assaulting a senior member of the Order, Caravaggio is again imprisoned but escapes and flees to Sicily, pursued by agents of the Knights, dashing off paintings as he travels.

1609 Returns to Naples in the autumn where, in a fight outside a tavern, he is seriously wounded, probably by agents of the Knights of St John.

1610 Talk of a pardon from Rome induces him to sail north from Naples. At Porto Ercole after yet another arrest, he dies of fever in a tavern.



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Caravaggio - Selected Works

c1593 Boy with a Basket of Fruit, Rome, Galleria Borghese

c1594 Boy Bitten by a Lizard, London, National Gallery

1595 The Lute Player, St Petersburg, State Hermitage Museum

1596 Bacchus, Florence, Galleria degli Uffizi

c1596 The Cardsharps, Fort Worth, Kimbell Art Museum

1596–97 Rest on the Flight to Egypt, Rome, Galleriea Doria Pamphili

1597 The Fortune Teller, Paris, Musée du Louvre

c1598 Judith Beheading Holofernes, Rome, Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Antica

1599 Saint Catherine of Alexandria, Madrid, Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum

1599 Head of Medusa , Florence, Galleria degli Uffizi

1599–1600 The Martyrdom of St Matthew, Rome, Cerasi Chapel, Santa Maria del Popolo

c1599–1602 The Calling of St Matthew, Rome, Contarelli Chapel, S Luigi dei Francesi

c1600 The Conversion on the Road to Damascus, Rome, Cerasi Chapel, Santa Maria del Popolo

1601 Supper at Emmaus, London, National Gallery

1601 The Crucifixion of St Peter, Rome, Cerasi Chapel, Santa Maria del Popolo

c1602 Taking of Christ, Dublin, National Gallery of Ireland

1603 Amor Victorious, Berlin, Staatliche Museen

1603–04 The Entombment of Christ, Rome, Vatican Museums

1605 St Jerome in his Study , Rome, Galleria Borghese

1606 The Dormition of the Virgin, Paris, Musée du Louvre

1606 Madonna dei Palafrenieri, Rome, Galleria Borghese

1606–07 David with the Head of Goliath , Vienna, Kunsthistorisches Museum

1606–07 Madonna of the Rosary, Vienna, Kunsthistorisches Museum

c1607 The Flagellation, Naples, Museo di Capodimonte

c1607 The Seven Acts of Mercy, Naples, Pio Monte della Misericordia

1608 Burial of St Lucy, Syracuse, Bellomo Museum

1608 Portrait of a Maltese Knight, Florence, Palazzo Pitti

1609 The Raising of Lazarus , Messina, Museo Regionale di Messina

1610 Salome Receives the Head of Saint John the Baptist, London, National Gallery

Caravaggio - Featured Paintings

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