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Caravaggio : a life

Author: Helen Langdon
Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1999.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : 1st Farrar, Straus and Giroux edView all editions and formats
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"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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biographies
Biography
Named Person: Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio; Caravage; Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio; Michelangelo Merisi ((da)) Caravaggio; Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Helen Langdon
ISBN: 0374118949 9780374118945
OCLC Number: 41526379
Notes: Originally published in 1998 by Chatto & Windus, London.
Description: xi, 436 pages, [24] pages of plates : illustrations (some color), map ; 24 cm
Contents: Milan --
Rome 1592 --
Flowers and fruit --
A gypsy, cardsharps and a cardinal --
In the household of Del Monte --
The world of street and brothel --
Conversion and martyrdom: the jubilee of 1600 --
Ut pictura poesis --
The shock of humility: the imitation of Christ --
Rivals --
Rome 1603-1606 --
Naples --
Caravaggio in Malta --
Sicily --
Naples and death.
Responsibility: Helen Langdon.

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"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."--Jacket.

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