Caravaggio’s Issues with Artichokes and a Death Warrant
- July 31, 2013
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Michelangelo Merisi Caravaggio, though a gifted artist, is remembered through history as a mad, violent and dangerous man. Rome in the late 16 and early 17th century was a rather violent place full of rivalry, arguments and hostility. The state of the church was in crisis and was desperate for art which found thousands of artists coming to the city. Caravaggio, sensitive to verbal putdowns experienced a number of encounters with the authorities. Two of these violent experiences stand out. The Artichokes At the Del Moro restaurant in Rome a waiter served Caravaggio a plate of artichokes. He had requested that some of the artichokes be cooked in oil and …..