I am not sure there is an exact answer to this question. Art being what it is there are always new discoveries and works that for years have been debated as being attributable to one artist or another. However if we take Wikipedia as our authority the answer is 27. Two of these are in private collections leaving 25 to be visited.
There are many many more of Caravaggio’s works in Italy proper including Cremona, Florence, Genoa, Messina, Milan, Naples, Palermo, Prato, Syracuse and Vatican City. Additionally many of the worlds renown museums have a Caravaggio within their collections.
As many times as I have been to the eternal city I have never seen all twenty five paintings by Caravaggio but I have certainly made an effort to see many of them. If you are looking for an adventure for yourself, for visitors, or for your family, setting out to see all of Caravaggio’s works is one of the best. There are many adjectives to describe his work as well as the painter himself. Neither Caravaggio or his paintings are polite but both are intensely moving and leave you thinking.
Many times on visits to Rome I think about something I am interested in: Bernini statues, oblesiks, fountains, remnants of the ancient aqueducts, places in Rome featured in movies – and then I set off to see as many of them as I can. This is a great way to learn about the history of the city, become more familiar with the city, and discover all sorts of new favorite destinations.
Be adventurous and create your own walking tour!!
- List of Caravaggio Painting’s in Rome and Worldwide (Wikipedia)
- “A Life Sacred and Profane Caravaggio”, Andrew Graham-Dixon – Review (Recommended Reading)
- The Power Of Art: 1/8 – Caravaggio (BBC Series) (aysejuaneda.wordpress.com)
- City Walks Rome: 50 Adventures on Foot by Martha Fay (Barnes & Noble)
- Visiting the Borghese Gallery (Official Website)