The Bad Boy of the Baroque: Where to See Caravaggio's Art in Rome
Updated: May 28
Are you bitten by the Caravaggio bug? If so, here's my complete guide to finding Caravaggio paintings in Rome, for art lovers and admirers of the famed artist.
Caravaggio's paintings are among the most stunning works in the history of Western painting. Caravaggio was a revolutionary. He almost single handedly pioneered the Italian Baroque style.
Caravaggio's story is one of talent and turbulence. He acted like a devil, but painted like an angel. Caravaggio rejected the sanitized idealism that characterized much of the Renaissance era. He repeatedly refusing to adhere to traditional views of what constituted art.
Caravaggio took a plebeian view of Christianity. He invented and used a darker, dramatically lit palette. He produced naturalistic and emotionally-charged raw works that were viewed as morbid, bluntly realistic, and shocking at the time.
A complicated and eccentric personality, Caravaggio's life was as dangerous and dramatic as his art. He was a hot cauldron of anger, a notorious and violent criminal. Disorderly conduct and jail time were routine events for him. His biography is overly dependent on archival police records.
Caravaggio lived and worked in Rome for 15 years. His art can be found everywhere in Rome -- in churches, palaces, and art galleries.
There are 25 works altogether. Some can be seen for free without pricey tickets or queues. Some are in Rome's preeminent art galleries. I give you the full scoop below, along with an overview of Caravaggio's cinema-ready life.