Caravaggio Today

Famous artist Michelangelo Merisi lived over four centuries ago and is known to us today simply as, Caravaggio.  The story of Caravaggio is one so fascinating to us that it almost seems like fiction.  


In fact, his life and art have become the source of a number of Caravaggio cultural references as various portions of his turbulent life are played out in film, literature, and television.  

Read through a list of Caravaggio fun facts as well as FAQs to bring yourself up to speed on this hotheaded genius artist of the 17th century.  To learn even more about the man and the artist you can walk in his steps and visit the town of Caravaggio, after which he is referred to today, or see some of his paintings hanging in the museums and chapels of Rome.  If Italy isn’t in your budget, then you can visit Caravaggio in America.  The majority of his paintings are in Italy, but there are a few located in museums in the United States.

When students study the Italian Renaissance, free Caravaggio lesson plans come in handy.  These plans aren’t limited to high schoolers; any student hoping to learn more about Caravaggio today can use these lessons to explore the Italian artist.   

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