Now celebrated as one of history’s greatest artists, Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio fled Rome in 1606 to escape retribution for killing a man in a brawl. Surfacing in Naples, he was commissioned the masterpiece, The Seven Acts of Mercy. This narrative journey describes Caravaggio’s metamorphosis from fugitive to visionary while unravelling the meaning of the painting. The author launches into a timeless journey guided by Angelo, the guardian of the painting, fusing elements of history, biography, memoir, travelogue, and journalism. The narrative charts the painter’s journey from estrangement to grace and reveals how the guardian finds redemption in his bruised life, transformed by the painting.