Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio was born on September 28, 1573 in the town of Caravaggio, near Milan. He was trained in a Lombard tradition long grown stale. On the death of his father, a steward and perhaps architect for a local nobleman, he was apprenticed for a period of four years to Simone Paterzano, a mediocre Milanese painter who had studied with Titian. He left Milan for Rome around 1592. (1573-1610)
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