Researchers Identify Bones as Caravaggio’s

Caravaggio's remains may be found Getty

The remains of Caravaggio, the celebrated Baroque artist, have almost certainly been found in a Tuscan ossuary, lifting a centuries-old mystery over his burial, Reuters reported. Researchers for Italy’s National Committee for Cultural Heritage said on Wednesday that they were confident that the bones found in the ossuary matched those of Michelangelo Merisi, the artist known as Caravaggio.

“We have carried out DNA testing on these remains and looked at the results alongside presumed relatives of Caravaggio, people with the same family name,” Giorgio Gruppioni, a physical anthropologist, told Reuters television. “We have compatibility with these genetic strands.”

Italian Baroque painter Caravaggio :Caravaggio: scientists hope to find Italian artist's bones  Hulton Archive

Theories about the artist’s death have had him succumbing to syphilis or being murdered. Caravaggio, who was 38 when he  died on a beach north of Rome in 1610, pioneered chiaroscuro, the painting technique of contrasting light and dark. He was also known as a rogue given to brawls, chasing men and women, and even murdering a tennis opponent.

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