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Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio (1571—1610) Italian painter


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Prominent Italian family, branches of which were established in many parts of Italy, especially Genoa and Venice, where they played important roles in politics, literature, and religion. For the arts the most interesting member of the family was the enormously wealthy Marchese Vincenzo (1564–1637). He owned the finest collection of antique sculpture in Rome—published in the Galleria Giustiniana (1631), the first ever illustrated catalogue of an art collection—and was an enthusiastic and discriminating patron of painters, especially Caravaggio (he owned no fewer than fifteen pictures by him) and his northern followers.

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