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The Artist and the Assassin
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The Artist and the Assassin

The year is 1596. The young Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio has recently come to Rome and is working for an older, established artist, Cesari, doing busywork helping to complete Cesari’s commissions. In the text, Caravaggio is referred to as M. A week later, M goes with Cesari to visit a cardinal who has commissioned a painting from Cesari’s studio. On the way to the cardinal’s palazzo, Cesari explains to M: “Cardinal Del Monte is a most learned and educated man. He comes from Florence and is able to read Latin,…

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