This movie describes the tormented life of the artist and the man. It is a rich portrayal of Caravaggio’s art, but also narrates his life, his moods, and the final tragic ending to a destructive existence – As a young child Caravaggio pledges eternal love to Costanza Colonna, daughter of the powerful family for which his own father works. At 12 he is sent to study with the rigid, overbearing artist Peterzano. At twenty he leaves for Rome, where, after a period of abject need and illness, his fortunes take a turn for the better, thanks to the efforts of Costanza and other protectors. But his bad temper and love affairs make him numerous enemies.. He kills a man in a duel and is forced to escape. With Costanza’s help, he is about to be pardoned by the Pope, when a mere port official has him detained under conditions that lead to his death….