ART HISTORY MINOR: Knife fight, Caravaggio or Pollock?


Thanks for your question Trenton.  Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio (1571 - 1610) and Jackson Pollock (1912 - 1956) were both known for their volatile moods and on and off again brawling.  Caravaggio killed a man named Ranuccio Tomassoni in 1606 and was subsequently exiled.  Later in Naples, an unknown assassin tried to 'whack' (anachronistic Italian phraseology) Caravaggio but was unsuccessful.  Pollock did not kill anyone, but in 1956 he inadvertently killed himself in a drunk driving accident; a woman riding with him, Edith Metzger, was also killed.  Caravaggio's and Pollock's lifespans are separated by 300 years and the Atlantic Ocean but I'll try to answer your question the only way I know how.

Here's the rules:  A wood handled steak knife will be dropped from the referee's chest height into a dirty linoleum arena until a winner is determined.  Grazes don't count, only clear punctures.

Steady...

Oooohh... a narrow miss.  Pollock lives to fight another day.

Whoa... that's a kill shot.  Pollock wins.

I hope that answers your question.