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Saturday, June 19, 2010
DIE YOUNG AND LEAVE A SUN-BRONZED CORPSE
According to multiple - and contradictory - news sources Caravaggio's bones have been located and (within an 85 percentile surety) identified.
The painter - a famous brawler, fornicator, toss-pot, and animus-creator - reportedly died from (and here's where things get confusing, as different news outlets attribute death to different causes) syphilis and sunstroke (the one I lean toward). His health was also compromised, like many painters of his generation, by high levels of lead (from oil-paint). He was in his late 30's at the time of death.
I like the idea of the great painter dying from the after-affects of promiscuous fucking and lazing in the sun with a cup of Dago red.
What can I add about the man's work that hasn't already been said.