The cause of Caravaggio’s death has been something of a mystery – various theories have been advanced over the years.
Among the most common are that he was assassinated for religious reasons, and that he collapsed with malaria on a deserted beach.
One scholar believes he may have died from typhus in hospital in 1610.
Caravaggio pioneered the Baroque painting technique known as chiaroscuro, in which light and shadow are sharply contrasted.
But it was his wild lifestyle that has captured just as many imaginations as his art the years.