Renaissance Master Caravaggio Didn't Die of Syphilis, but of Sepsis

Live Science | 9/28/2018 | Staff
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Famed Renaissance painter Caravaggio didn't die of syphilis, as some historians long thought.

Instead, it appears that the talented Italian artist — who had a reputation for gambling, drinking, sleeping with prostitutes and even murder — died of a sword wound that developed a nasty infection, leading to deadly condition called sepsis, a new study finds. Sepsis is the body's overwhelming and life-threatening response to an infection.

Caravaggio - Life - Drama - Death - Name

Caravaggio lived a life of drama before his mysterious death. Born in 1571 with the name Michelangelo Merisi in northern Italy, Caravaggio later changed his name to that of his hometown. After moving to Rome at 21, Caravaggio's talent was recognized by Cardinal Francesco del Monte, who helped the artist become an overnight sensation, according to The National Gallery in the United Kingdom.

Caravaggio's paintings made him a celebrity, but he was also known for his temper. "Caravaggio was arrested repeatedly for, among other things, slashing the cloak of an adversary, throwing a plate of artichokes at a waiter, scarring a guard and abusing the police," according to The National Gallery.

Sword - Fight - Caravaggio - Law - Reputation

After killing a rival in a sword fight, Caravaggio ran from the law and tried to repair his reputation, but to no avail. After more brawls, the last in which he was gravely injured, he died while traveling back to Rome, and was buried in a cemetery in Porte Ercole, Tuscany, according to the study and The National Gallery.

What killed Caravaggio?

Years - Historians

Over the years, historians have speculated...
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