We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Caravaggio might have died [at age 38] of lead poisoning. Bones with high lead levels were recently found in a grave likely to be Caravaggio's. Paints used at the time contained high amounts of lead salts. Caravaggio is known to have indulged in violent behavior, as caused by lead poisoning.
"The latest lead poisoning theory just doesn't fit the facts. Caravaggio did not slowly deteriorate before his death as he would have done with lead poisoning, but was immensely physically fit, escaping from prison, running across Sicily and painting huge paintings right up until just before his death.
"I hope I have proven in the book that his behaviour was not that of an irrational mad man, as has been suggested, but of a violent man living in violent times whose tragic story is certainly the most extraordinary of any artist to have lived."
from "Caravaggio: A Life Sacred and Profane" by Andrew Graham-Dixon, 2011
If only my fancy Nikon camera could do one-thousandth as well (sigh), although to be honest I don't understand the lighting of the person sitting with his back to us and the two fellows on the right who are standing in the shadows beneath the unshuttered window that's supposed to be just outside the frame. It's hard to reconcile the direction of the lighting on those three men with the lighting on the other four.