Caravaggio: A Life Sacred and Profane
'Action-packed, magisterial . . . Caravaggio's life was every bit as bloody, sexy and attention-grabbing as the paintings themselves and Graham-Dixon is a man who knows the paintings better than almost any. Here is a life, an argument for a life, and, most satisfyingly of al, a three-dimensional reimagining of his lived world'
'Conveys the force of Caravaggio's personality and the consequences of his art with a brilliant grasp of detail . . . it is refreshing to read a biography of Caravaggio that combines the blood and guts of Rome's backstreets with a real understanding of the quality and character of his paintings'
'This is the stuff of thrillers and the story races along, with as many sword fights, courtroom appearances, unprintable insults and bloodshed . . . Graham-Dixon is a masterly art historian. He has a God-given ability to enter into the spirit of a painting and to tease out its meaning while preserving its mystery. It is a joy to be guided by his sharp eye'
'Meaty and revealing . . . illuminates the darkness of both Caravaggio's personality and his work'
'As Graham-Dixon's page-turner of a narrative makes plain, this wasn't just a life sacred and profane, but one of action, intrigue and dirty deeds'
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Review: Caravaggio: A Life Sacred and ProfaneUser Review - Goodreads
I love art history because it seems very interactive to me. I often have the painting being discussed pulled up on my phone, so while the author describes specific moments and strokes in the painting ... Read full review
Review: Caravaggio: A Life Sacred and ProfaneUser Review - Harrison Cheng - Goodreads
Packed with details, the author draws carefully upon known primary and secondary sources to establish his case. It all comes together like an investigative foray into the early, middle and late stages ... Read full review