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Phaidon Press, Jan 3, 2000 - Art - 448 pages
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Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio (1571 -- 1610) was one of the most innovative painters of his time, and one of the greatest artists of any age. Rescued from neglect, he has become a cultural icon in the late twentieth century, not only for his art but also because of his violent and tragic life.

Catherine Puglisi's highly praised monograph, now available for the first time in paperback, supersedes all previous studies of the artist. Making full use of new research and dramatic recent discoveries, she has produced a precise, clear-headed and comprehensive work of scholarship that also provides a moving biography of the artist and a penetrating analysis of the genius with which he absorbed and transformed the artistic tradition of his time. All Caravaggio's works are discussed and illustrated in colour, and the book has an appendix of documents, full notes and bibliography, checklist of works and full indexes. This authoritative and beautifully produced monograph is the standard work on Caravaggio.

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Review: Caravaggio: Painter of Miracles

User Review  - JodiP - Goodreads

This is part of a series of brief biographies of famous people. Prose is also a fiction writer, so I look forward to exploring her other works. This was well-done: the perfect blend of art criticism ... Read full review

Review: Caravaggio: Painter of Miracles

User Review  - Cian O hAnnrachainn - Goodreads

Interesting read that has me longing to visit Italy. The artist remains an enigma but the author provides an intriguing analysis of his work. While reading I had to pause often to look at the paintings online. Gained a new appreciation for the artist's genius Read full review


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Puglisi is Associate Professor of Art History at Rutgers University, New Jersey.