Young Caravaggio arrives in Rome and is employed in the studio of the famous painter Cavaliere d’Arpino. He mainly paints still life, although he prefers to paint portraits and cannot wait to take on new challenges. In addition to being a painter, Cavaliere d’Arpino was also a dealer in art mainly from northern Europe. Caravaggio sets his eyes on a small painting, which has just arrived at the workshop, a work by the painter Hieronymus Bosch. It depicts in detail a bold and confusing cluster of people, some naked and some clothed. In order to prove to his teacher that he knows how to paint human figures, and also because he is inexplicably attracted to this particular painting, he secretly copies it and keeps it for himself. Little did he know that this would soon change his life. Indeed, a precious secret was hidden in writing on the painting. And someone was willing to do anything to get it.
What mystery lies behind the great painter’s painting?
Caravaggio, still at the beginning of his career, found himself embroiled in a case that followed him throughout his short, but fascinating life.