Caravaggio was one of the most important Italian painters of the 17th century. He was, in fact, the wellspring of Baroque painting. In Hibbard's words, Caravaggio's paintings "speak to us more personally and more poignantly than any others of the time". In this study, Howard Hibbard evaluates the work of Caravaggio: notorious as a painter-assassin, hailed by many as an original interpreter of the scriptures, a man whose exploration of nature has been likened to that of Galileo.
Introduction: Early Years in Milan and Rome, I: FINDING THE WAY, 1. Early Secular Paintings, 2. The First Religious Paintings, II: EGREGIUS IN URBE PICTOR, 3. The Contarelli Chapel (I), 4. The Cerasi Chapel, 5. The Contarelli Chapel (II), 6. Michelangelo Merisi and Michelangelo Buonarroti, 7. The Later Roman Paintings, III: THE END OF THE ROAD, 8. Naples and Malta, 9. Sicily, Naples, Death, 10. Afterthoughts