Art: The First Bohemian

"I heard a zealot of our profession say that the appearance of this man meant a foreboding of ruin and an end to painting," complained Vincenzo Carducho, a Spanish connoisseur. "Did anyone ever paint, and with as much success, as this monster of genius and talent, almost without rules, without theory, without learning or meditation, simply by the power of his genius and the model in front of him which he copied so admirably?" The cause of alarm was an Italian painter named Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio who, in the course of a short,...

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