The remains of Renaissance artist Caravaggio have been retrieved by Italian scientists hoping to find out more about his death.

They had been housed in a special container called an ossuary in the town of Porto Ercole in Italy.

The bones have now been taken to the University of Bologna where they will compared with those of his descendents.

They will then go on show until January 24 in Rome’s Borghese gallery before being placed in another burial site.

The new resting place for Caravaggio has yet to be announced.

Mystery death

The project is being led by anthropology professor Georgio Grupponi, who also worked on the reconstruction of the face of the Middle Ages poet Dante Alighieri that was unveiled in 2007.

The cause of Caravaggio’s death has been something of a mystery – various theories have been advanced over the years.

Among the most common are that he was assassinated for religious reasons, and that he collapsed with malaria on a deserted beach.

One scholar believes he may have died from typhus in hospital in 1610.


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