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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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This is a great book. The day before I finished reading the book I lit a candle to the artist. I do not agree with the authors interpretation of some of the paintings. But the sum of her comments ... Read full review

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This biography of 17th-century Italian painter Caravaggio (1571-1610) is part of HarperCollins's "Eminent Lives" series of brief, compelling biographies on canonical figures by distinguished authors ... Read full review


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