In 1576 the young Michelangelo Merisi and his family moved from Milan to the smaller town Caravaggio but kept in contact with the powerful Sforza family.
The painter’s talent would later be recognized in Rome, signing his works after the name of his childhood town “Caravaggio”. As part of the Baroque movement, Merisi mastered the use of chiaroscuro, a technique that uses high contrasts between bright and dark colors.
Due to the close relation that the Caravaggio had with religious themes, one can still see nowadays (and for free) many of his paintings exhibited in multiple Italian churches.
On the side, one can see “Judith Beheading Holofernes”, finished in 1602.