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Caravaggio : a life sacred and profane

By: Dixon, Andrew Graham

0241954649 / 9780241954645
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20 cm xxviii, 514 p., [40] p. of plates : ill. (chiefly col.), maps
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Reprint. Originally published: London: Allen Lane, 2010.

Michelangelo 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 swordfights 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'spictures, 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.


ACND Renaissance art, AFC Painting & paintings, AGB Individual artists, art monographs

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