Today is the 400th anniversary of the death of Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio, one of the greatest painters of the 17th Century. To mark the occasion, some churches in Rome and the Galleria Borshese we opened from 9pm last night until 9am this morning.
It was nearly midnight and we were winding around parked cars to visit the Church of Sant' Agostino near Piazza Navona.
After we entered the church we stood in front of one of my favorite paintings by Caravaggio, Madonna with Pilgrims (1604), while an art historian provided commentary.
It was after 1 am when we found ourselves with Caravaggio's three masterpieces in the Church of San Luigi dei Francesi, including the Calling of St. Matthew (1600) and St. Matthew and the Angel (1602).