Caravaggio : A Life Sacred and Profane
by Andrew Graham-Dixon
Editor: Penguin Books Ltd
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Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio lived the darkest and most dangerous life of one of the great paintersThe worlds of Milan, Rome and Naples, through which the Caravaggio moved and which Andrew Graham-Dixon brilliantly describes in this book, are those of cardinals and whores, prayer and violenceIn the streets around churches and palaces, fights and clashes on the bridge were regular eventsIn the context of this desperate life of the Caravaggio created the most dramatic of his paintings at age, usually using men and women, prostitutes and the very poor – for model for his representations of classical religious scenesAndrew Graham-Dixon exceptionally, illuminating the readings of Caravaggio’s spictures, which are the heart of the book, show very clearly how he created their drama, immediacy and humanity, and how he left the conventions of his time
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