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Caravaggio : Painter of Miracles

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"Matching gorgeous prose to gorgeous artworks, Prose responds to each image as a moment of theatrical revelation, sensual or spiritual, and frequently both." -- Boston Sunday Globe

In Caravaggio, New York Times bestselling author Francine Prose (Goldengrove, Reading like a Writer) offers an enthralling account of the life and work of one of the greatest painters of all time. --"Called "racy, intensely imagined, and highly readable" by the New York Times Book Review, Caravaggio includes eight pages of color illustrations, and is sure to appeal to art enthusiasts interested in one of history's true innovators. Caravaggio is another engaging entry in the HarperCollins' "Eminent Lives" series of biographies by distinguished authors on canonical figures.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 160 pages
  • 132.08 x 198.12 x 15.24mm | 68.04g
  • HarperPerennial
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • col. Illustrations
  • 0061768901
  • 9780061768903
  • 545,796

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Francine Prose's life of Michelangelo Merisi (da Caravaggio) evokes the genius of this incomparable artist through a brilliant reading of his paintings. Caravaggio's use of ordinary people, realistically portrayed--street boys, prostitutes, the poor, the aged--was a profound and revolutionary innovation that left its mark on generations of artists. Revered and successful, Caravaggio was protected by powerful patrons, yet he was also a man of the street who couldn't free himself from its brawls and vendettas. In Caravaggio, bestselling author Francine Prose presents the brief but tumultuous life of one of the greatest of all painters with passion and acute sensitivity.
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"Elegant . . . [Prose] fills out the intrigue of Caravaggio's own life and writes terrifically about the paintings."--Hartford Courant
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261 ratings
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