Caravaggio: A Life Sacred and Profane

Front Cover
Penguin Books Limited, Jul 6, 2011 - Biography & Autobiography - 544 pages
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.

What people are saying - Write a review

User ratings

5 stars
1
4 stars
10
3 stars
0
2 stars
0
1 star
0

LibraryThing Review

User Review  - Stbalbach - www.librarything.com

I picked this up on the strength of the reviews, I knew nothing about Caravaggio or his art. A famous name well worth the time to learn more about. The artwork is available on Wikipedia where most of ... Read full review

LibraryThing Review

User Review  - Pferdina - www.librarything.com

A very enjoyable read. I knew nothing about Caravaggio and nearly nothing about art in the early seventeenth century and I think I learned a ton about both from this book. There are many color plates ... Read full review

About the author (2011)

For more than twenty-five years, Andrew Graham Dixon has published a weekly column on art, first in the Independent and more recently, the Sunday Telegraph. He has written a number of acclaimed books, including A History of British Art and Renaissance, and is twice winner of the Hawthornden Prize, Britain's top prize for writing about art. He is one of the leading figures in broadcasting in the UK, having presented seven major television series on art for the BBC.

Bibliographic information