“I was born and raised in the town of Caravaggio, and I – like every other Merisio – am convinced that I am related to the great painter,” says 87-year-old photographer Pepi Merisio.
Caravaggio, born Michelangelo Merisi in 1571, is famed for his dramatic use of lighting in his paintings.
His life was equally remarkable: he had been arrested several times for getting into fights and had even killed a man in a brawl, prompting him to flee to Naples after he was sentenced to death.
He also died young, at the mere at of 38, and he had neither married nor left behind any known children.
So how could he be the shared ancestor of so many people from his hometown?
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