Artistic Ways Of Murder David M. Stone

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Artistic Ways of Murder

David M. Stone has made some great points in his article, “Signature Killer: Caravaggio and the Poetics of Blood.” Stone set out to explain his ideas about Michelangelo Merisi Caravaggio’s honorary knighthood and the social standing it gave him, and what it meant for Caravaggio to sign his name in The Beheading of Saint John the Baptist, in the blood of St. John the Baptist himself. Stone gave great insight into the world of Caravaggio’s life and what he could have been implying through the act of signing in blood. Stone stated that Caravaggio left his lucrative career as an altarpiece painter to provide praiseworthy service to the Order of St. John, in hopes of becoming an honorary knight in the Knights of Malta to escape persecution and gain pardon for his crime of murder in 1606. To become a knight in the order you must have bloodlines tying you back four generations of nobility and, murders were not allowed to join. Caravaggio did not actually have any ties in his ancestry, and in fact he was a murderer. The only way for Caravaggio to become a knight would be for Alof de Wignacourt, the reigning grand master, to give him the title after obtaining permission and a pardon for murder, from Pope Paul V Borghese. Caravaggio’s membership could be leveraged in the form of letters of recommendation from the grand master for his services with much success. Rather than an act of remorse the signature in blood is a declaration of…

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