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Work starts Monday on Tuscan memorial park for Caravaggio

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Grosseto, June 27 - Work on a memorial park to
commemorate Michelangelo Merisi, the Baroque master known as
Caravaggio, will begin Monday in a cemetery near the Tuscan
seaside town of Porto Ercole, where he is widely believed to
have died.
The homage to the influential painter, whose realistic,
dramatic portraits had a formative influence on the Baroque
movement, is slated for inauguration on July 18, the anniversary
of his death in 1610.
Caravaggio will be given a tomb with a sepia-coloured base
and columns covered in climbing jasmine, flanked by flower beds
echoing the colours used by the great painter.
The project will be located in the former San Sebastiano
cemetery and was presented last month by Silvano Vinceti, head
of the Caravaggio Foundation who took part in efforts to
identify the painter's bones found in a local church in 2010.
The memorial park in Argentario, about 35 km south of
Grossetto, will be inaugurated with Caravaggio's remains moved
there, said Vinceti.
"All Caravaggio's fans will thus be able to pay homage to
his remains and show their affection and admiration for his
genius," said Vinceti.
Caravaggio, who was born in either 1571 or 1573, painted in
Rome, Naples, Malta until his death in July 1610 and was an
enormous influence on Baroque art.
He also became known for a wild lifestyle, culminating in
the stabbing of a man in Rome after a quarrel, and spent the
final few years of his life fleeing justice.
After four years on the run, Caravaggio died in Porto
Ercole, likely of a fever.
The memorial park was designed as a place in which the
colors used in Caravaggio's first phase of painting will be
brought to life in flowers and pillars, officials said.
"You will be able to see his works in HD and relive the
last few days of his life," said Argentario Mayor Arturo
Cerulli.
"It is thus also a possible tourist attraction and not only
a case of proper recognition for a great artist".

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