Michelangelo Caravaggio killed a man named Ranuccio Tomassoni da Terni on May 6, 1606, on the Campo di Marzo in Rome. This homicide was committed by the genius of Baroque painting after a heated argument broke out during a game of rackets (Royal Tennis).
Caravaggio was not unknown to police, called Sbirri, prior to this crime. He was a brawler, a womanizer, and liked to drink and gamble. He frequently got locked up in Rome for his delinquent nature.
Among his many violations are:
~In 1600, he was charged with
May 29, 1606, killed Tomassoni. Caravaggio
was also wounded and could possibly have been acquitted by claiming self
defense. Instead of a legal defense, the artist fled first to Naples, then
to Malta, where he was knighted into the Maltese Order of Saint John. After
attacking a fellow knight, he was forced to flee to Sicily. He returned to
Naples, en route to Rome, while he waited for a pardon from the Pope and
died of fever on the shores of Port Ercole.