In praise of Caravaggio
Salome Receives the head of St. John the Baptist (oil on canvas 1607-10) by Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio. National Gallery.National Gallery
This month marks the 400th anniversary of the death of Michelangelo Merisi better known as Caravaggio.
He is an artist for the age of celebrity - being as well known for the violence and sexual intrigue that surrounded him as his painting. In fact we may be losing touch with his glorious art in the face of gloriously interesting tales about his personal life.
Today we look at his exceptional artistic influence with the author of a new biography Andrew Graham-Dixon and the film-maker Martin Scorcese.
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