Unlike Napoleon, there is fairly good evidence that Caravaggio had a black dog he named "Crow."
Take a look at this text we found. True, just one man's opinion, but we found the same story on many sites, some that people actually respect!
Gary Byrd will probably mostly address the most awesome work of Caravaggio on Wednesday night but we thought we would offer the thought that he, Caravaggio, could not have done it without his faithful companion! I wonder if it is too late to talk Nick Wade who painted the reproduction of "Bacchus" into adding Crow to the scene? Oh well, anyway, Your Shop Dogs on the job rounding out the story:
Caravaggio's paintings were wildly controversial for their stark, bordering-on-indecent naturalism, intense tenebrism and often morally questionable choice of models.
However, they were also hugely successful, attracting admiring patrons (including the influential Cardinal Scipione Borghese, patron of fellow Baroque star Bernini) and young artists alike.
Caravaggio was never able to capitalize on his success, however, for his character and personal life were even darker and more controversial than his paintings. With his unruly black curls and unkempt black beard, the artist was known to wander the streets of Rome dressed in black, accompanied by his black dog, Crow (the bird-harbinger of death), and brandishing swords and daggers at the slightest provocation.
This is Caravaggio painted by Ottavio Leoni, circa 1621.