By Matt Rees
Italy, 1605: For the ruling Borghese kin, Rome is a spot of grand palazzos and frescoed cathedrals. For the lowly artist Caravaggio, it's a position of tough bars, knife fights, and grubby whores. until eventually he's commissioned to color the Pope...
Soon, Caravaggio has received access into the Borgia family's internal circle, and turns into the main celebrated artist in Rome. but if he falls for Lena, a low-born fruit-seller, and paints her into his Madonna sequence as an easy peasant lady, Italian society is outraged. Discredited as an artist, yet unwilling to retract his imaginative and prescient of the lady he loves, Caravaggio is pressured right into a duel - and murders a nobleman.
Even his robust consumers can't defend him from a loss of life sentence. So Caravaggio flees to Malta, the place, prior to he might be pardoned, he needs to suffer the rigorous education of the Knights of Malta. His work proceed to talk of his love for Lena. yet prior to he can go back to her, as a Knight and a noble,...
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