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Good descriptions and analysis of Caravaggio s painting What would happen if biographies stuck to #the facts This short book in the Eminent Lives series would become an article Two # facts This short book in the Eminent Lives series would become an article Two include four instances of perhaps plus There is nothing not one document or report It s possible It s also conceivable But why excellently written just wish I had the paintings in front of me for context Overflowing in both talent and self regard Caravaggio 1571 1610 remains an enigma He left behind no diaries or letters to convey his thoughts Instead contemporaries chose to chronicle his uarrels profligate drinking and gambling violent altercations and hurried escapes from vengeful factions This book is a person The Sinner SaintFrancine Prose s Caravaggio Painter of Miracles is part of a series of short biographies called Eminent Lives in which famous authors write about great historical figures The aim of the series is not be produce scholarly or definitive works instead it is to offer the reader a gateway into the works and importance of the subject to inspire further exploration and thoughtFrancine Prose is best known as a novelist She offers in this book an elegant short guide to the great Italian painter Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio 1573 1610 Caravaggio s story is one of the most romantic and tantalizing in art He moved to Rome as a oung man of 21 and established his reputation as a painter of importance He moved to Rome as a oung man of 21 and established his reputation as a painter of importance early in his career to paintings of religious themes But Caravaggio s life was tumultuous violent and brutal He was never without his dagger even when he slept He brawled and fought and consorted with the low life of Rome and was forced to flee the city after killing a man in a dispute that involved a bet over a game of tennis In exile Caravaggio continued to live violently to flee from place to place and to paint masterpieces Prose captures the tension between Caravaggio s tortured life and his artistry She writesThe life of Caravaggio is the closes thing we have to the myth of the sinner saint the street tough the martyr the killer the genius the myth that in these jaded and secular times we are almost ashamed to admit that we still long for and need Each time we see his paintings we are reminded of why we still care so profoundly about this artist who continues to speak to us in his urgent intimate language audible centuries after the voices of his civilized presentable colleagues have fallen silent p 13Prose did not urgent intimate language audible centuries after the voices of his civilized presentable colleagues have fallen silent p 13Prose did not me very far into Caravaggio s life She is much successful in describing the paintings which she does in good detail for a short book The book includes 11 color plates of some of Caravaggio s masterpieces from the beginning to the end of his career Prose has helpful things to say in helping the reader to understand these works and the circumstances of their creation she helps the nonspeciali. “Matching gorgeous prose to gorgeous artworks Prose responds to each image as a moment of theatrical revelation sensual or spiritual and freuently both”   Boston Sunday Globe In Caravaggio New York Times bestselling author Francine Prose offers an enthralling account of the life and work of one of the greatest painters of all time Caravaggio defied the aesthetic conventi. Guy And once ou learn what a violent unsettling larger than life beast he was ou suddenly learn to love his art The filth under the nails of the saints the rotting fruit the whores he used as models Caravaggio didn t give a hoot about convention and he was unjustly excoriated for it well up until this centuryThis work in particular is sufficient if brief and sorely lacking in illustrations it has a handful and ends too abruptly but it s if brief and sorely lacking in illustrations it has a handful and ends too abruptly but it s nice jumping off point Part of the Harper Collins Eminent Lives series of short biographies that matches contemporary writers with specific subjects Caravaggio is an informative and engaging read presenting the art and life of the controversial painter who died at 39 but lived a tragically full life creating masterpieces and sparking conflicts often violent with eual freuencyCaravaggio painted from life drafting friends neighbors local peasants and prostitutes male and female to be his models His religious portraits and scenes were earthy and truer to life than the sanctified traditional renderings by artists from the middle ages through the renaissance The Holy Family and early saints were not wealthy privileged members of northern European nobility They were poor and struggling men and women Caravaggio s paintings were dark with limited light and many shadows They showed individuals with rough hands lined faces dirt beneath their fingernails According to Prose by emphasizing the ordinariness of circumstance in the depictions Caravaggio underscores the miraculous I am not sure if I fully agree with this very interesting observaton though I still admire the result and wonder instead if the troubled Caravaggio wasn #t actually uestioning the presence of the divine in our lives in a grim and # actually uestioning the presence of the divine in our lives in a grim and worldThere is not a lot of information available on the painter s life a couple of his rivals wrote histories of contemporary painters and included Caravaggio in them and his legal entanglements including a murder charge not only kept him on the run but provided the limited primary source documentation of his life arrest records and court transcripts Caravaggio it is beyond dispute was in his life uick of temper self destructive fond of the underworld of Milan Rome Naples and an artist of genius His was a chaotic life and Prose presents it well with respect for his art and sympathy for his life and its uncertain motives Caravaggio is at this point my favorite painter I love his works In The Met I spent good 30 minutes starring at the Denial of StPeter I think all major uestions of human being the answers are found at the moments which undoubdfullt divide the life to two parts before and after and these very moments are the subject of Caravaggios works They could not leave ou indifferent to what s happening And if The Missing Brides (Missing, you know who s behind these paintings their effect onou becomes even Led “racy intensely imagined and highly readable” by the New York Times Book Review Caravaggio includes eight pages of color illustrations and is sure to appeal to art enthusiasts interested in one of history’s true innovators Caravaggio is part of the “Eminent Lives” series from HarperCollins a selection of biographies by distinguished authors on canonical figure. ,


St learn to look at and respond to a painting I found her especially good in discussing Caravaggio s paintings of the Calling of Saint Matthew where she elouently shows the artist depicting paintings of the Calling of Saint Matthew where she elouently shows the artist depicting conversion experience and its companion work The Martyrdom of Saint Matthew Prose also discusses well many paintings that are not reproduced in the book In order to get the most from these discussions the reader will need to find these paintings in another source this book has as its goal after all encouraging further will need to find these paintings in another source this book has as its goal after all encouraging further of CaravaggioProse finds Caravaggio s greatness lies in his honesty directness and naturalism She stresses how is works communicate directly with the viewer Prose also emphasizes how Caravaggio used common people and places and the tough street life with which he was familiar in his paintings including the use of rough laborers common dwellings gypsies and prostitutes Caravaggio s work combined elements of violence and low life with deep spirituality as he explored the mysteries of faith conversion experiencesloneliness and martyrdom Caravaggio s brilliance as a painter and the highly modern tension his work suggests between the spiritual and the mundane are reasons why many people will continue to be fascinated by his workProse s book doesn t capture fully the reasons why Caravaggio s work continues to live and to move people But her book will encourage reflection upon and further exploration of the work of this great and troubled artistRobin Friedman An unexpected gem In preparation for an upcoming trip to Italy I wanted to learn some art history I was familiar with Caravaggio s name and had heard he was supposed to have been uite a character so I took a chance when I saw this book on the shelves What a reward Indeed he was uite a character But the book is way than just a biography It really explains what his body of work was about as well as descriptions of many of his individual works In addition Prose is primarily a fiction writer so this book had a lively gait it was no dry book about art history or some dumb painter As I wrote a about art history or some dumb painter As I wrote a on a Caravaggio biography before I hope it is not considered a subterfuge to refer to that review See Andrew Graham Dixon s extensive biography titled Caravaggio a Life Sacred and Profane For anyone who is interested the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam will have an exhibition of Caravaggio and Bernini in the spring of 2020 It s always fun to dig into the life of someone Jan, Jans en de kinderen 11 you barely know anything about and whose workou found unimpressive until ou learned the nitty gritty of their awesome weird lifeCaravaggio gay asshole criminal and painter scourge of the early 17th century Italian art scene for his iconoclastic supreme works the guy who fought duels threw vegetables at waiters and spent a lot of his later career wanted for murder over a tennis match this is a supreme. Ons of his time; his use of ordinary people realistically portrayed street boys prostitutes the poor the aged was a profound and revolutionary innovation that left its mark on generations of artists His insistence on painting from nature on rendering the emotional truth of experience whether religious or secular made him an artist who speaks across the centuries to modern dayCal. ,

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