A Life Sacred and Profane

Book - 2011
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For four hundred years Caravaggio's (1571-1610) staggering artistic achievements have thrilled viewers, yet his volatile personal trajectory-the murder of Ranuccio Tomasini, the doubt surrounding Caravaggio's sexuality, the chain of events that began with his imprisonment on Malta and ended with his premature death-has long confounded historians. In a bravura performance, Andrew Graham-Dixon delves into the original Italian sources, presenting fresh details about Caravaggio's sex life, his many crimes and public brawls, and the most convincing account yet published of the painter's tragic death at the age of thirty-eight. With illuminating readings of Caravaggio's infamous religious paintings, which often depict prostitutes and poor people, Graham-Dixon immerses readers in the world of Italy at the height of the Counter-Reformation and creates a masterful profile of the mercurial painter's life and work.
Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton & Co., 2011, c2010
Edition: 1st American ed
ISBN: 9780393081497
Characteristics: xxviii, 514 p., [40] p. of plates : ill., maps ; 25 cm
Alternative Title: Life sacred and profane


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Sep 05, 2017

Simply superb biography. By the time I was through the first third, my knowledge of the Counter Reformation, of Italy at the turn of the 17th Century, of the streets of Rome when Caravaggio was walking them, and of Caravaggio's art and art world was immeasurably better than what it had been.


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