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Caravaggio : a life

Author: Helen Langdon; Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio
Publisher: London : Chatto & Windus, 1998.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Of all Italian painters, Caravaggio (c. 1571-1610) speaks most intensely to the modern world in his fascination with youth and sexuality, with violence and love, solitude and the spirit. As a passionate artist and a turbulent man, he has become a romantic hero, the artist rebel. In this colourful and detailed study - the first full-length biography - Helen Langdon overturns the myths." "Caravaggio was born near  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biographies
Biography
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Langdon, Helen.
Caravaggio.
London : Chatto & Windus, 1998
(OCoLC)745988193
Named Person: Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio; Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Helen Langdon; Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio
ISBN: 0701160632 9780701160630
OCLC Number: 40654236
Description: xii, 436 pages, 24 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 25 cm
Responsibility: Helen Langdon.

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A new edition of this biography, originally published by Chatto & Windus, in which Langdon uncovers Caravaggio's progress from childhood in plague-ridden Milan to wild success in Rome, and eventual  Read more...

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