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Probably one of the best Italian painters of all time was born today. His name is Michelangelo but he is referred to as Caravaggio. Not to be mistaken with the other famous Michelangelo whose last name is Buonarotti and lived about a hundred years earlier and is most known for carving the gorgeous “La Pietá”.

Caravaggio was born in Milan and spent most of his life between Rome and Milan. He is most known for his realistic paintings with a very dramatic use of lighting (Chiaroscuro). He mostly painted religious and mundane themes. This particular painting shows a young man (Bacchus) offering a glass of red wine. He was probably using a mirror while painting it.

The fact that Caravaggio never painted nude women and mostly very sensual men, made many believe he was homosexual even though he has been dating a few women throughout his life.