A picture surely paints a thousand words.

The precise circumstances surrounding his departure from Milan remain unclear, but marginal notes in a manuscript copy of Giulio Mancini’s early account of Caravaggio’s life suggest that he was involved in some form of violent incident involving the murder of a policeman. I also lack references to the planks in the text. Michelangelo Merisi was born in September 1571 in Caravaggio, near Milan and was always known by the name of his hometown. ―Hilary Spurling, New York Times Book Review. Your recently viewed items and featured recommendations, Select the department you want to search in.

Caravaggio was the prototypic tortured genius. Caravaggio, originally Michelangelo Merisi, c. 1600 He translated their crude sculptural realism into his own far-subtler but no-less-immediate form of painting.

His art is realistic and moving. It made feel like I am there watching the scene play out. To calculate the overall star rating and percentage breakdown by star, we don’t use a simple average. By signing up for this email, you are agreeing to news, offers, and information from Encyclopaedia Britannica. To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number. Please try again. The Complete Works (Bibliotheca Universalis), The Lost Painting: The Quest for a Caravaggio Masterpiece, "Enthralling…reads like a historical-swashbuckler-cum-detective-story while also providing an up-to-date introduction to some of the most admired paintings in Western art." At the time he painted it was unpopular to depict real people in actual settings. So it seems that he began his career as he would end it, as a man in trouble with the law. An early patron was Cardinal del Monte, a leading art connoisseur in Rome. Borromeo’s tastes in religious art were correspondingly plain and robust. The artist grew up between the quiet agricultural town of Caravaggio in Lombardy and the bustling city of Milan where his father, a master stone … It seemed to be rather a tome, but on reading just the first few lines (skipping the obligatory 'thank you's etc - I read those after I've read the book), I found the amazing amount of necessary information to set the period was imparted with brevity but clarity.  © Unable to add item to List. There was an error retrieving your Wish Lists. Though of lower social status, Caravaggio's family had elite ties. Throughout Caravaggio’s formative years, Milan was dominated by its firebrand Counter-Reformation archbishop, Charles Borromeo (later Saint Charles Borromeo). After reading this book, I am again amazed by the powerful expression of his paintings beyond their titles, each one tells so much about personal history full of contradictions, ambiguity, yearning and violence. I can't give this book enough stars - 5 is all i'm allowed. Paperback – Illustrated, November 12, 2012. Premium Membership is now 50% off! His compositions are almost invariably conceived within enclosed confined spaces, where groups of figures play out a story as if on a stage. Reviewed in the United States on October 24, 2013. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience.

So after seeing a BBC documentary on baroque art, I found my first love in painting: Caravaggio.

I was ENTHRALLED. There was a problem loading your book clubs. Be on the lookout for your Britannica newsletter to get trusted stories delivered right to your inbox. In his time capturing a moment was an innovative step in the art world. This book is well-well-written and definitely worth the time. Extraordinary biography of Caravaggio. Instead, he preferred the more-visceral and naturalistic traditions of folk art epitomized by the sacro monte, or “sacred mountain,” at Varallo, near Milan: a popular pilgrimage site formed from a sequence of chapels in which stories from the life of Jesus Christ are reenacted by polychrome figures arranged in elaborate and often gruesome tableaux vivants. I was fortunate enough to see Beyond Caravaggio exhibit while visiting Dublin this year and although I am not very knowledgeable about art, I was instantly attracted by his paintings for the peculiar focus of light and choice of details, and interesting composition of characters in the storytelling. The book continued in this form... an enormous amount of picturing phraseology giving the reader a taste - almost literally - of the life and style of Italy at this time. Caravaggio moved to Rome in the early 1590s. Top subscription boxes – right to your door, © 1996-2020, Amazon.com, Inc. or its affiliates. Find all the books, read about the author, and more. In order to navigate out of this carousel please use your heading shortcut key to navigate to the next or previous heading. Please try again. Well Mr. Graham-Dixon, What Happened To That Vaunted English Reserve? Despite there being so little factual contemporary information on Michelangelo de Caravaggio Mr. Graham-Dixon has told us of a life that was embittered, afraid, driven and at time, 'bought' by his contemporaries and the religious masters of his life. There is no lack of books on the life of this amazing painter. This biography is an excellent choice for the newcomer, as it nicely mixes the circumstances by which the works were painted alongside the chaos of his life, detailing how each influenced the other. Reliable biographical information on Caravaggio is scarce and what does exist has been pieced together from court and municipal records and other surviving documents. Caravaggio, originally Michelangelo Merisi, c. 1600. According to Giovanni Pietro Bellori, who wrote an early account of Caravaggio’s life, he traveled to the city and was influenced by “the colours of Giorgione.” There is no hard documentary evidence to confirm or deny the speculation, but Caravaggio’s sometime master Peterzano had trained in Venice and may have encouraged his wayward apprentice to go there. Reviewed in the United States on July 5, 2017. W. W. Norton & Company; Illustrated edition (November 12, 2012), Reviewed in the United States on October 16, 2015. The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. -- Michael Dirda ―. It is a long and dense book but it reads like a suspenseful and melodramatic drama which was the life of this incredibly volatile and unique artist. It also analyzes reviews to verify trustworthiness.

I could not stop reading, it was addictive, and I am now suffering cold turkey! Many of his paintings from this time are dark and melancholy, such as 'Salome Receives the Head of St John the Baptist'. As a child, Caravaggio was known as Michelangelo Merisi, a reference to his birth on the feast day of the Archangel Michael.