We have,
as the age demands, Caravaggios for every tribe and taste. There is the genius Caravaggio, following in the line of great painters like Michelangelo and Giorgione; Caravaggio the vanguardist, age-old prototype for Picasso and Pollock; a Marxist Caravaggio, faithful recorder of the dirty fingernails of the people; the fashionably queer Caravaggio, a gender-bending revolutionary with a gimlet eye for ruby-lipped ragazzi and rough trade; and finally Caravaggio as Marlon Brando, the original rebel without a cause, a lovable bad-boy character serving as a template for every dramatic potboiler from Young Man With a Horn to Titanic.