Caravaggio: A Life

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Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1999 - Biography & Autobiography - 436 pages
Of all the great Italian painters, Caravaggio speaks most clearly and powerfully to our time. Caravaggio's early paintings of cardsharps, musicians, and street vendors convey his familiarity and fascination with the Roman underworld; his stark and brilliant religious paintings represent, for the first time in European art, the world of the poor, the suffering, and the outcast, and they depict the religious experience of the individual with a directness our age can recognize. Caravaggio lived hard and died young, having fled Rome for Sicily, apparently after killing another man in a dispute; his life, involving powerful patrons, sybaritic cardinals, and saints, as well as street boys, prostitutes, and rivalrous painters, is one of the most colorful of any artist's. This biography - the first in English in two generations - shows us Caravaggio's genius with the striking clarity of his own paintings.

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Oh Caravaggio, you rogue! I'm really surprised how this cat had time to paint considering all the mischief he got himself into. I don't want to give anything away but the guy was a shady character that as a safe retrospective reader cannot help but admire. Read full review

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British scholar Langdon's masterly achievement is to integrate Caravaggio's art and life in a convincing and vividly delineated re-creation of his world. The themes of artistic patronage and practice ... Read full review

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