Caravaggio was the definitive bad boy of art history – determined and ambitious yet irascible and highly volatile. In 1606 his life was to change forever following a particularly violent and bloody brawl, in which Caravaggio, himself badly injured, ended up killing a certain Ranuccio with his sword. This lecture will explore his meteoric rise to fame and dramatic fall from grace, examining the remarkable stylistic transformations that took place during the last four years of Caravaggio’s life, a period of restlessness and yet extraordinary creative activity, when the artist was forced to leave Rome, realising that his own life was now on the line.

Siân Walters art historian and director of Art History in Focus and National Gallery lecturer for 20 years. She lectures for The Wallace Collection, The Art Fund and many art societies and colleges throughout Europe. Specialist areas include 15th-16th century Italian Art, Spanish Art & Architecture, Dutch & Flemish painting and the relationship between dance and art. Siân studied at Cambridge University, has lived and worked in France and Italy and leads specialist art tours abroad. In 2020 Siân was one of the first accredited lecturers to provide online Zoom lectures.