Caravaggio ' Was Killed By The Knights Of Malta'

04/03/2012 11:16 am ET | Updated Jun 03, 2012

His mysterious death at the age of 38 has been blamed variously on malaria, an intestinal infection, lead poisoning from the oil paints he used or a violent brawl.

Now an intriguing new theory has been put forward for the demise of the rabble-rousing Renaissance artist Caravaggio -- that he was killed in cold blood on the orders of the Knights of Malta to avenge an attack on one of their members.

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