As a painter, Caravaggio is unreadable and irrelevant. At least according to Jeroen. His style is too leché, too slick and perfectly realistic that the painting is no longer visible. Sure, one can read the image, with a bit of culture one can understand the story. However the painting is not what we call painting. The hand is silent as the illusion wipes everything clean.
In some ways this reminds me of Paulo Uccello’s work, which in my youth looked like an illustration in a history book and when I finally saw one, it resembled a mural in an Italian restaurant. However that birds eye point of view has become relevant again.