and he took his name from the town near to where he was born. Heavily influenced by the Lombard school of painting (that is, followers of Leonardo da Vinci), he went to Rome seeking fame and fortune in 1592. A handful of years later, he received his first commission for “Scenes from the Life of St. Matthew” at San Luigi dei Francesi. His dramatic use of light and dark was much copied (and still is today). Besides painting exquisitely, he got into a lot of trouble. Fortunately, he had friends in high places who could protect him … and did up to a point. He needed to flee Rome in 1606 after murdering a man. The last four years of his life were spent in Naples, Syracuse, Messsina, and Palmero; he died in Porto Ecole (in Tuscany).
Where to see Caravaggio in Florence:
Galleria Palatina, Palazzo Pitti