Ottavio Leoni, "Portrait of Italian artist Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio" (c. 1621). Biblioteca Marucelliana, Florence
Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio (1571 - 1610) was born in 1571 near Milan. Soon after his 20th birthday, he gained recognition as an artist, but at the same time he participated in many fights and armed fights. In one of these street battles in Rome, he killed a man, was sentenced to death, fled from the Eternal City and wandered around southern Italy. His last battle took place around Naples on July 9, 1610.
In addition, the researchers found out that there is an extremely high level of lead in the bones, which was a weighty confirmation, because Caravaggio was known to carelessly use this metal in paints. Some experts even believe that he died from lead poisoning, although it is known that he had signs of fever.Sick Bacchus (Self-Portrait in Mirror Image) Michelangelo Merisi de Caravaggio 1594, 67 × 53 cm To confirm the hypothesis of the skeleton of his DNA was compared with the genetic profile of other people by the name of Merisi or Merizio. "With reasonable probability ... these remains are attributed to Caravaggio," the scientists note.
To identify the cause of death, physicians analyzed the teeth of the remains. Several hypotheses have been proposed, such as brucellosis, malaria, or sepsis caused by a wound that Caravaggio received during his last scuffle in Naples. The final data, confirmed twice, suggests that the person whose skeleton was analyzed, died from infection with Staphylococcus aureus.The boy bitten by Michelangelo Merisi de Caravaggio's lizard 1596, 66 × 49.5 cmAll elements in support of this hypothesis also showed that “this death is plausible in the context of Caravaggio's life and is caused by sepsis secondary to superinfection of wounds after a fight in Naples, several days before the onset of symptoms "- the researchers conclude.Arthiv: read us in the Telegram and look at Instagram