By Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio
a known Kronik Defiant
painted sometime between 1594-1596
So.... the reality was that Caravaggio had joined the household of his first important patron, one Cardinal Del Monte, and therefore was introduced to the Cardinal's elite homoerotic salon which was comprised of powerful and fashionable artists, musicians and intellectuals. The Cardinal himself was eventually was tried for sodomy. Then there was the second Cardinal....
Carravagio and His Two Cardinals
It is entirely possible and probable that Caravaggio was a rent boy for both these Cardinals. But was he a homosexual as people define that today in his mind as a human being? In my opinion no - and from my viewpoint his paintings express much of the conflict. In my opinion, Boy Bitten by a Lizard is a cautionary painting, a call to repent.
they never have enough.
They are shepherds who lack understanding;
they all turn to their own way,
they seek their own gain.
“Come,” each one cries, “let me get wine!
Let us drink our fill of beer!
And tomorrow will be like today,
or even far better.”
~ Isaiah 56