The formidable temperament of the artist Caravaggio was always getting the best of him. Despite his success a as painter, he repeatedly found himself in trouble with the Italian law. In 1606 when in Rome, he killed a man in a street fight and fled the eternal city never to return. His paintings like his life tended toward dramatic areas of darkness with dramatic points of light.
Ever ready to get into a fight or argument he was constantly getting into trouble for his drinking and his bad temper. He died on the run and how he died remains a question. In 2010, on the event of the 400th anniversary of the painter’s death, a renewed interest in all things Caravaggio took on rock star status with exhibitions, projects and discussions. A bad boy image exploited for box-office attraction. On February 29th a long-lost painting by Caravaggio is being shown to the public for the first time at an exhibition in Tokyo. Mary Magdalene in Ecstasy was found in a private collection in 2014 and is one of 11 Caravaggio works in the show, Caravaggio and His Time: Friends, Rivals and Enemies, at the National Museum of Western Art in Tokyo, Japan.
Caravaggio as one of world’s most famous Italian Baroque painters certainly needed saving but saving the wild and tempestuous life of Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio was not to be accomplished.