Caravaggio: A Life Sacred and Profane (Paperback)
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DescriptionMichelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio lived the darkest and most dangerous life of any of the great painters. The worlds of Milan, Rome and Naples through which Caravaggio moved and which Andrew Graham-Dixon describes brilliantly in this book, are those of cardinals and whores, prayer and violence. On the streets surrounding the churches and palaces, brawls and sword fights were regular occurrences. In the course of this desperate life Caravaggio created the most dramatic paintings of his age, using ordinary men and women - often prostitutes and the very poor - to model for his depictions of classic religious scenes. Andrew Graham-Dixon's exceptionally illuminating readings of Caravaggio's pictures, which are the heart of the book, show very clearly how he created their drama, immediacy and humanity, and how completely he departed from the conventions of his time.
- Published: 01 July 2011
- Format: Paperback 544 pages
- ISBN 13: 9780241954645 ISBN 10: 0241954649
- Sales rank: 31,954
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Reviews for Caravaggio
This is a fantastic book in which Graham-Dixon really does succeed in bringing the life and troubled times of Caravaggio to life. It is extremely well researched, not only in terms of his paintings, allowing you to fully understand the true beauty and majesty of them but it also paints (pun intended) the world around Caravaggio. Milan, city of his birth, Caravaggio itself, Rome, Naples and Malta, the politics of the times, his patrons, his many run ins with the law, friends and enemies, its all here until his untimely death. This one of those books that leaves you not wanting to put it down but to keep going on. A masterpiece in itself. by Karl Collicott