Caravaggio. Ediz. inglese

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Phaidon Press, Aug 10, 1998 - Art - 126 pages
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Michelangelo Meresi da Caravaggio (1571-1610) was a boldly original artist who led a short and violent life. His sexually provocative nude figures and his dramatic religious paintings have a psychological power and an undiminished capacity to shock and disturb after almost four centuries.
Timothy Wilson-Smith provides a lively and readable biography of an artist who has become an iconic figure in the late twentieth century, and presents a memorable selection of his works, from his early genre pictures to the dark and intense religious paintings of his years in exile.

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User Review  - TheIdleWoman - LibraryThing

My first introduction to Caravaggio - all the main paintings, in whole-page colour plates, along with detailed notes. A great way to start learning about his work. Read full review

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Quite a terrible book actually. The flaws were numerous - certain works were simly lacking; the events of Caravaggio's live were cursory in places; even the simple numbering and referencing to pages and pictures was flawed. But the worst, above all, inexcusable in a book about Caravaggio, was the actual art. I've seen Caravaggios in person; they are arresting, fascinating, vivid and draw you in. Even in other books about Caravaggio, the images can be vivid and help you realize why he was such a great painter and his works attracted such interest. But the pictures in this book were dull, flat, almost hard to look at. Somehow the photographs managed to emphasize the cracks in the paint, flattened the colours, and reduced the contrast (and it's Caravaggio's contrast between light and dark that is probably his greatest signature element). There are much better books out there that could, and should be read about Caravaggio. 


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Timothy Wilson-Smith is the author of the prize-winning Delacroix (1992), Napoleon and his Artists (1996), Caravaggio (1998) and Napoleon: Man of War, Man of Peace (2002). He has been a Chief Examiner at A Level for Renaissance Art, has lectured at the National Portrait Gallery and has broadcast on the BBC. The author is a master at Eaton.

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