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  • Published: 12 September 2011
  • ISBN: 9780241954645
  • Imprint: Penguin Press
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 514
  • RRP: $27.99

Caravaggio




Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio lived the darkest and most dangerous life of any of the great painters. The worlds of Milan, Rome and Naples through which Caravaggio moved and which Andrew Graham-Dixon describes brilliantly in this book, are those of cardinals and whores, prayer and violence. On the streets surrounding the churches and palaces, brawls and swordfights were regular occurrences. In the course of this desperate life Caravaggio created the most dramatic paintings of his age, using ordinary men and women - often prostitutes and the very poor - to model for his depictions of classic religious scenes. Andrew Graham-Dixon's exceptionally illuminating readings of Caravaggio'spictures, which are the heart of the book, show very clearly how he created their drama, immediacy and humanity, and how completely he departed from the conventions of his time.

  • Published: 12 September 2011
  • ISBN: 9780241954645
  • Imprint: Penguin Press
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 514
  • RRP: $27.99

About the author

Andrew Graham-Dixon

Andrew Graham-Dixon has twice won the Hawthornden Prize for writing about art and has made two six-part BBC television series, A History of British Art and Renaissance. He is now at work on a major new biography of Caravaggio.

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