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Caravaggio: Painter of Miracles Hardcover - 2005

by Francine Prose

National Book Award finalist Prose renders the brief but tumultuous life of one of the greatest of all painters with passion and acute sensitivity. 8-page color insert.

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Francine Prose's life of Caravaggio evokes the genius of this great artist through a brilliant reading of his paintings. Caravaggio defied the aesthetic conventions 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, makes him an artist who speaks across the centuries to our own time.

Born in 1571 near Milan, Michelangelo Merisi (da Caravaggio) moved to Rome when he was twenty-one years old. He became a brilliant and successful artist, protected by the influential Cardinal del Monte and other patrons. But he was also a man of the streets who couldn't seem to free himself from its brawls and vendettas. In 1606 he fled Rome, apparently after killing another man in a dispute. He spent his last years in exile, in Naples, Malta, and Sicily, at once celebrated for his art and tormented by his enemies. Through it all, he produced masterpieces of astonishing complexity and power. Eventually he received a pardon from the Pope, only to die, in mysterious circumstances, on the way back to Rome in 1610.

Francine Prose presents the brief but tumultuous life of one of the greatest of all painters with passion and acute sensitivity.

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  • Title Caravaggio: Painter of Miracles
  • Author Francine Prose
  • Series Eminent Lives
  • Binding Hardcover
  • Edition First Edition
  • Pages 160
  • Volumes 1
  • Language ENG
  • Publisher HarperCollins Publishers, New York
  • Date 2005-10
  • Illustrated Yes
  • Features Bibliography, Dust Cover, Illustrated
  • ISBN 9780060575601 / 0060575603
  • Weight 0.56 lbs (0.25 kg)
  • Dimensions 7.44 x 5.34 x 0.74 in (18.90 x 13.56 x 1.88 cm)
  • Themes
    • Chronological Period: 16th Century
    • Chronological Period: 17th Century
    • Cultural Region: Italy
    • Sex & Gender: Feminine
  • Library of Congress subjects Caravaggio, Michelangelo Merisi da, Painters - Italy
  • Library of Congress Catalog Number 2005040203
  • Dewey Decimal Code B

Media reviews

Citations

  • Booklist, 10/15/2005, Page 19
  • Entertainment Weekly, 11/04/2005, Page 79
  • Ingram Advance, 10/01/2005, Page 53
  • Kirkus Reviews, 08/15/2005, Page 903
  • Library Journal, 09/15/2005, Page 64
  • New York Times, 10/02/2005, Page 17
  • Publishers Weekly, 08/08/2005, Page 226

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