Caravaggio's reputed bones put on displaySubmitted by Galileo on Sun, 07/25/2010 - 22:01
Caravaggio's reputed bones put on display
Artist collapsed on beach 400 years ago
The remains thought to be those of Italian painter Caravaggio are going on public display in the town of Porto Ercole, where he died 400 years ago.
The great artist's death had been a long-time mystery and his remains weren't found for centuries.
The bones — part of a skull, two jaw pieces and a femur — were taken from a small church in the town and examined for a year by Italian researchers, who pronounced in mid-June they were 85 per cent certain the bones belonged to the artist.
Scientists compared bones found in the town with descendants of Caravaggio's family. They also carbon dated the bones.
The artist, who had a reputation for bar brawls and encounters with prostitutes, had recently arrived in the seaside town when he collapsed on the beach at age 39.