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    Wonderful biography Perhaps 'a life history' is a better word as Caravaggio remains an obscure person The only written records available are court records relating to his almost weekly arrests for insult and violent behaviour There are some letters reporting on his whereabouts and letters reuesting the status of commissions granted to him but never a letter from Caravaggio himself or people close to him It was great to have Grah

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    A remarkable biography Caravaggio liked to live life in the shadows as reflected in his artwork so the only sources Graham Dixon has to work with for his book are court records from Caravaggio's trouble making and the occasional le

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    This is a biography of a gifted artist who unfortunately also possessed a proud and difficult personality that g

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    This review originally appeared at the Washington Independent Review of BooksBeing a tortured rock star is tough in any century Case in point Michaelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio the brilliant brooding bad boy of the 16th century art world whose rise to fame in his early 20s seemed propelled as much by sheer force of will as it was talent an

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    The messy story of what happened to Caravaggio's last paintings is also a microcosm of his afterlife and a parable illustrating his singularity as a painter He had always been an outsider a troublemaker a difficult and dangerous ma

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    A spectacular biography in every way imaginable The author carefully puts together the historical record to provide as complete a picture of a complex troubled genius as is possibleMore importantly Graham Dixon illuminates each of Ca

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    Well written engaging and comprehensive biography of Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio the great Italian renaissa

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    I love art history because it seems very interactive to me I often have the painting being discussed pulled up on my phone so while the author describes specific moments and strokes in the painting I can also be studying it in detail When you read a book specifically about one artist if it is any good you will learn new ways to ad

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    I know it's a cliche but facts about this artist's life are so few and far between he is very much like his own p

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    ‘Caravaggio’s art is made from darkness and light’Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio born on 29 September 1571 died on 18 July 1610 In between he created magnificent paintings and got himself into a lot of trouble with

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Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio 29 September 1571–18 July 1610 lived probably the darkest and most dangerous life of any of the great painters The worlds of Milan and Rome through which Caravaggio moved and which Andrew Graham Dixon describes brilliantly in this book are th. Wonderful biography Perhaps a life history is a better word as Caravaggio remains an obscure person The only written records available are court records relating to his almost weekly arrests for insult and violent behaviour There are some letters reporting on his whereabouts and letters reuesting the status of commissions granted to him but never a letter from Caravaggio himself or people close to him It was great to have Graham Dixon show us Caravaggio s paintings in great detail and with such sensitivity He sometimes takes an entire chapter to describe a single painting I especially liked his views regarding the exact moment at which Caravaggio chose to depict an action in a story as his moment of choice was considered pretty unconventional and rebellious at that time Further he tells us who the models were where the clothes and props came from how Caravaggio arranges the light and anything else which is of interest when viewing that particular painting We further learn who commissioned the painting whether it survived or was lost and how and where it is presenly located The revealing of a new painting of Caravaggio was much anticipated and people flocked to view it They would often be astonished and sometimes scandalized There were uite a few paintings rejected by churches which commissioned a painting of a particular scene from the bible on the ground that the resulting picture was too sacrilegious as it showed for example Maria with a too deep cleaverige or the apostels as rugged farmers in torn clothes Interestingly enough a few were rejected because Maria or the saints were painted with dirty naked feet These rejected paintings were immediately snapped up by the rich and noble families who all coveted a Caravaggio painting Punky guy as he might have been he was the best painter of the post Renaissance and people stood in awe looking at his workCaravaggio sounds like a maniac patrolling the dark streets of Rome in the small hours of the night sword and dagger at the ready You could say he was always cruising for a bruising The course of his life was dictated by his violence and the unruly company he kept He dies an early death due to injuries inflicted by a vengeful attack It is not surprising that it is unknown who attacked him He stays an obscure person till the endGreatly recommended when you like Caravaggio s workAddendum Oct 21 2019 I just finished Francine Prose s Caravaggio and can recommend her biography as well Francine Prose takes a personal and emotional view on Caravaggio s work than Andrew Graham Dixon plus has some interesting details on his life Her biography is a uick read the size of an essay and has no pictures to illustrate her remarks The Syrian Rebellion history is a better word as Caravaggio remains an obscure person The only written records available are court records relating to Lovers Destined his whereabouts and letters reuesting the status of commissions granted to Sweeter Than Wine himself or people 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Caravaggio A Life Sacred and Profane

Th in suspicious circumstances off the coast of Naples Graham Dixon shows how Caravaggio’s paintings emerged from this extraordinarily wild and troubled life his detailed readings of them explain their originality and Caravaggio’s mentality better than any of his predecesso. I know it s a cliche but facts about this artist s life are so few and far between he is very much like his own paintings emerging briefly every now and then from the dark out into daylightDetails of his early life are particularly sparse which made to me at least the first hundred or so pages of this biography hard going There s plenty about Milan and Rome folk art archbishops and cardinals but nothing substantial about the man himself The result is peculiar like a portrait painting without the portrait all setting but no face Once you get beyond that though Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio does begin to emerge and what a man he is For a start I d forgotten just how far ahead of its time some of his work really was painted in the seventeenth century St John The Baptist say or David With The Head Of Goliath could have been done in the twentiethI was amazed too by his extraordinary life He strode about the seedier parts of town dressed in a cloak and armed with a sword he killed an opponent in a duel although Graham Dixon argues convincingly that this was accidental and may have earned money as a pimp The most astonishing image of all though as unforgettable as any of his pictures is that of the great painter as fugitive on the run in fear of his life fleeing from city to city and everywhere he stopped painting a masterpieceI m glad I didn t lose patience during those first hundred pages because this is as enthralling a biography of Caravaggio or anyone else for that matter as I ve ever read Bhishma an Enigma how Caravaggio’s paintings emerged from this extraordinarily wild and troubled life The Art of Loving his detailed readings of them explain their originality and Caravaggio’s mentality better than any of Jack Kerouac his predecesso. I know it s a cliche but facts about this artist s life are so few and far between Reputation his own paintings emerging briefly every now and then from the dark out into daylightDetails of Alfablot his early life are particularly sparse which made to me at least the first Wild Gypsy Rose (Royals of Cardenas Book 4) hundred or so pages of this biography Heads of the Colored People hard going There s plenty about Milan and Rome folk art archbishops and cardinals but nothing substantial about the man The Syrian Rebellion he is For a start I d forgotten just Lovers Destined his work really was painted in the seventeenth century St John The Baptist say or David With The Head Of Goliath could Sweeter Than Wine his extraordinary life He strode about the seedier parts of town dressed in a cloak and armed with a sword Lady Ariana he killed an opponent in a duel although Graham Dixon argues convincingly that this was accidental and may Milk And Honey have earned money as a pimp The most astonishing image of all though as unforgettable as any of Centerburg Tales: More Adventures of Homer Price his pictures is that of the great painter as fugitive on the run in fear of The Substitute Bride his life fleeing from city to city and everywhere The English Wife he stopped painting a masterpieceI m glad I didn t lose patience during those first

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Ose of cardinals and prostitutes prayer and violence Graham Dixon puts the murder of a pimp Ranuccio Tomassoni at the centre of his story It occurred at the height of Caravaggio’s fame in Rome and probably brought about his flight through Malta and Sicily which led to his dea. The messy story of what happened to Caravaggio s last paintings is also a microcosm of his afterlife and a parable illustrating his singularity as a painter He had always been an outsider a troublemaker a difficult and dangerous man Yet his art was so compelling so original so unforgettable that people were simply transfixed by it They fought to look at it gathering in the hundreds every time a new altarpiece was unveiled and they fought to acuire it even though everything else about Caravaggio his terseness his weird dress sense his violence his sexual reputation his unerring gift for getting into trouble seemed so disconcerting and strangeThis from the final pages of Graham Dixon s biography about sums up the painter but what really intrigued me was how little training Caravaggio had how little help he had in the studio how ill euipped his studio was in fact And he did it his way populating even religious paintings not with unrealistic idealizations but with naturalistic people and locations from his own day the models usually being the poor his friends and local prostitutes Caravaggio was comfortable on the seamy side of the street for this was his milieu In short Caravaggio was every artist s dream an almost feral talent who forced people to pay attention to him by sheer dint of will and raw talent which he developed and refined over time A master of light and dark chiaroscuro he shook things up on his canvases then went out and shook things up in dark alleys Alas it came at a cost The man died at age 38 after being attacked by one group of his many enemies Just think of the unpainted paintings due to this lossMe I liked learning about Caravaggio of course and enjoyed Graham Dixon s exacting descriptions of each painting included with color plates but I really enjoyed learning about turn of the century Rome and Italy turn 16th to 17th Young bucks roaming the streets behaved in the same way we see many gangs behave today only the Italians had a thing for shaming enemies with wounds to the hand to the face such as happened to Caravaggio to the groin So yes it brought the Capulets and Montagues of Shakespeare s Romeo Juliet to mind where swordplay was the dangerous way A scratch a scratch Mercutio says of his death woundThere s than a little history tucked in too I especially liked learning about the crack troops of 16th 17th century Christendom the hard core Order of St John situated on the bloody rock of Malta the last bulwark against Turks bent on invading ItalyCaravaggio s world and welcome to it in other words Long and at times hampered by side tracks that might have been cut the book nevertheless accomplishes what it sets out to do bring a man to life despite the dearth of primary sources