This, however, was in the future: at the time, Caravaggio sold it for practically nothing.The Cardsharps – showing another naïve youth of privilege falling the victim of card cheats – is even more psychologically complex, and perhaps Caravaggio's first true masterpiece.Orsi, established in the profession, introduced him to influential collectors; Longhi, more balefully, introduced him to the world of Roman street-brawls.Minniti served Caravaggio as a model and, years later, would be instrumental in helping him to obtain important commissions in Sicily.His influence on the new Baroque style that emerged from Mannerism was profound.It can be seen directly or indirectly in the work of Peter Paul Rubens, Jusepe de Ribera, Gian Lorenzo Bernini, and Rembrandt, and artists in the following generation heavily under his influence were called the "Caravaggisti" or "Caravagesques", as well as tenebrists or tenebrosi ("shadowists").
There he again established himself as one of the most prominent Italian painters of his generation.
Caravaggio vividly expressed crucial moments and scenes, often featuring violent struggles, torture and death.
He worked rapidly, with live models, preferring to forego drawings and work directly onto the canvas.
He traveled in 1607 to Malta and on to Sicily, and pursued a papal pardon for his sentence.
In 1609 he returned to Naples, where he was involved in a violent clash; his face was disfigured and rumours of his death circulated.