(ANSA) - Grossetto, May 22 - A memorial park near the Tuscan seaside is being planned to commemorate Michelangelo Merisi, the Baroque master known as Caravaggio who is widely believed to have died in nearby Porto Ercole.
The project will be located in the former San Sebastiano cemetery and was presented by Silvano Vinceti, head of the Caravaggio Foundation who took part in efforts to identify the painter's bones found in a local church in 2010.
The memorial park in Argentario, about 35 km south of Grossetto, will be inaugurated in mid-July with Caravaggio's remains moved there, said Vinceti.
"All Caravaggio's fans will thus be able to pay homage to his remains and show their affection and admiration for his genius," said Vinceti.
Caravaggio, who was born in either 1571 or 1573, painted in Rome, Naples, Malta until his death in July 1610 and was an enormous influence on Baroque art.
He also became known for a wild lifestyle, culminating in the stabbing of a man in Rome after a quarrel, and spent the final few years of his life fleeing justice.
After four years on the run, Caravaggio died in Porto Ecole on the coast of Tuscany, likely of a fever.
The memorial park was designed as a place in which the colors used in Caravaggio's first phase of painting will be brought to life in flowers and pillars, officials said.
"You will be able to see his works in (high-definition) HD and relive the last few days of his life," said Argentario mayor Arturo Cerulli. "It is thus also a possible tourist attraction and not only a case of proper recognition for a great artist".