Caravaggio’s Last Painting

Drama in light and dark

Mario López-Goicoechea
The Daily Cuppa Grande
3 min readMay 24, 2024


The Martyrdom of Saint Ursula (all photos by author)

Michelangelo Merisi du Caravaggio, born in late 1571 in Milan, is the quintessential uncontrollable artist, the genius to whom normal rules do not apply. (Teju Cole)

There’s a mortal wound, an arrow-pierced heart, and the shocked faces of men around her. Ursula’s drama-filled last…