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engraver (printmaker), painter
Nationality/school
Italian
Born
Caravaggio/Milaan 1571-09-29
Marini/Saur: geboren te Milaan op 29 september 1571; Marini: de volgende dag aldaar gedoopt
Deceased
Porto Ercole 1610-07-18
Family relationschips
this field records any family relationship to one or more other artist(s).
Son of Fermo Merisi, living in the parish S.Maria della Passerella in Milano, and Lucia Aratori (married in Caravaggio on 14 January 1571, see Cinotti, 1983). The couple had three more children: Giovanni Battista (born 21 November 1572; Caterina (born 12 November 1574 and Giovanni Pietro (?). Father Fermo died on 20 October 1577, together with his father Bernardino of the plague. Mother Lucia became ward over the children and conducted a successful trial against her relatives to secure the rights of her children (21 January 1579). After mother Lucia died on 29 November 1590, the three brothers became universal heirs, but, as they were all minors at the time, the division of the properties only took place on 11 May 1592: on the same day all three brothers sold all the land.
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In this field, you will find references to names of groups or to the artists that made/make up groups. You may also come across references to other artists if there was/is question of collaboration without a joint name. This is the case, for instance, with artists who rendered parts of works by other artists (such as with P.P Rubens and J. Brueghel I).
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Biographical information
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  • Milaan 1584 - 1588
    according to a contract of 6 April 1584 hebecame for four years the apprentice of Simone Peterzano (ca. 1540-ca.1596); Caravaggio probably also studied for some time in Venice (Marini) during this period.
  • Rome 1592 - 1606
    After an accusation of a crime (manslaughter?), Caravaggio was forced to leave Lombardy and settled in Rome, where he lived and worked in the studios of Antiveduto Grammatica and Giuseppe Cesari (Cavaliere d'Arpino). Friendship with the painter Prospero Orsi, who introduced him to a number of important collectors.
  • Genua 1605
    He had to flee from Rome following an assassination attempt on his girlfriend's lover
  • Paliano 1606
    He had again to flee from Rome after a murder committed in a duel; hiding with the Colonna family
  • Napels 1606 - 1607
  • Valletta (Malta) 1607 - 1608
    Marini (2007)/Sciberras (2007)
  • Syracuse (Sicilië) 1608
    He arrived here after leaving Malta where he was imprisoned because of riotering
  • Messina 1608 - 1609
  • Palermo 1609
  • Napels 1609 - 1610
  • Porto Ercole 1610 - 1610-07-18
    Caravaggio was arrested at Palo with a shipload of paintings on his way to Rome; after freeing himself (paying a ransom), he tried to trace the sailing ship that had sailed without him. In Porto Ercole, however, he became ill and died here on July 18, 1610.
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Subjects
This field specifies the various subject categories or genres that constitute the oeuvre of the artist in question. The contents of this field are generally based more on the documentation available at the RKD than on the literature.
genre, history (as a genre), portrait, Christian religious scene, still life, fruit piece
Medium/technique
oil paint
Entered on: 1992-02-07; Modification on: 2019-01-18

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