Caravaggio is a name that's gotten its fame from its standing as the surname scrawled on the corners of famous paintings. It is supremely Italian in its nature, and was among some of the first last names in Italy in the tenth and eleventh centuries. But in the 16th and 17th centuries are where it truly shined; Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio was born in 1571 and died 1610. He has been recorded in history as the Italian painter working at the end of the Renaissance period, known for his ability for shocking realism and deeply religious portrayals. However, he wasn't only a creative genius, having a fierce temper and even going so far as to kill a man in a swordfight and being convicted of murder.
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