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"Luxury, violence, squalor, disaster, passion: Such were the characteristics that marked the life of Michelangelo Merisi (1571-1610), called Caravaggio, the unruly genius of seventeenth-century painting. Sensationalized for employing prostitutes and bandits as models for his gritty, erotic paintings of religious and mythological subjects Caravaggio spread controversy throughout the art world and the pious society of his era. Often referred to as the first modern painter, Caravaggio was certainly a giant of his time and would come to bear influence on such singular artists as Rembrandt and Velazquez. His baroque masterpieces, reproduced in this compact volume, revolutionized painting and set the stage for a new, psychological pictorial realism."--Jacket
Print Book, English, 2006, ©2004
Rizzoli, New York, NY, 2006, ©2004
189 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 21 cm.
9780847828098, 0847828093
First ed. 2003, originally published in Italian by Rizzoli Libri Illustrati
Michelangelo Merisi (1573-1610), known as Caravaggio