DNA Tests Could Solve Mystery of Baroque Master Caravaggio’s Death

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Visitors look at the ceremonial shield portraying Medusa, one of the three Gorgons in the Greek mythology, painted around 1600 by Michelangelo Merisi, better known as Caravaggio. - AP Photo/Luca Bruno.

ROME
(REUTERS).-
The mystery surrounding the death of Baroque master
Caravaggio may soon be resolved thanks to new DNA tests — as long as the right
body can be found. What caused the death of the painter in 1610 and the
whereabouts of his corpse have always been unclear.
But a team of
Italian anthropologists believe that what is left of Caravaggio’s body may be
hidden among dozens of bodies buried in a crypt in Tuscany, thanks to recent
historical clues. The team — armed with a CAT scan and kits for carbon dating
— plan to study the painter’s exhumed remains to discover how he died.