在17世紀羅馬，喬凡尼・巴里歐內（Giovanni Baglione, 1566-1543）是位成功的畫家，如今他卻是藝術史上最受輕視的藝術家之一。因為他在1603年提出控告卡拉瓦喬（Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio, 1571-1610）的誹謗訴訟案，其名如今才仍為人熟知。但若以17世紀社會背景來看，巴里歐內比同時代畫家更擅於經營自身的藝術聲譽。本文欲探討巴里歐內16世紀至21世紀的藝術名聲變化，以及他如何以繪畫當做媒介，進而操控名譽。此外，巴里歐內著名的誹謗畫，對於他的藝術聲譽有何意義與作用？
第一章主要探討巴里歐內早期如何以各種手段，達到建立自身藝術聲望的目的。第二章專注於分析巴里歐內藝術中的卡拉瓦喬風格、巴里歐內與卡拉瓦喬之間的衝突關係，以及巴里歐內如何藉由「誹謗畫」，攻擊敵手並捍衛自身名譽？第三章透過文獻、版畫與展覽等資料，以旁觀者的角度，探討巴里歐內藝術聲譽在17至21世紀的變化。;In 17th century Rome, Giovanni Baglione (1566-1543) was one of the most successful painters. But now, he is among the most disparaged artists in art history, still remembered mainly due to a defamation lawsuit he brought against Caravaggio (1571-1610) in 1603. However, in the social context of the 17th century, Baglione was better at managing his own artistic reputation than other painters. This dissertation discusses changes in Baglione’s artistic reputation from the 16th to the 21st century, and explores how he used painting as a medium to control his fame. Moreover, the significance and function of Baglione’s famous defamatory paintings will also be considered.
Chapter one mainly discusses how Baglione achieved the purpose of establishing his own artistic prestige by various means in the early years. Chapter two focuses on analyzing Caravaggesque in Baglione’s art, Baglione’s conflict with Caravaggio, and how Baglione used defamatory paintings to destroy the reputation of competitors and to defend his own. Chapter three will look at art-historical literature, prints, and exhibitions to discuss changes in Baglione’s artistic fame from the 17th to the 21st century from an objective view.