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  • Hardcover
  • 512
  • Caravaggio A Life Sacred and Profane
  • Andrew Graham-Dixon
  • English
  • 11 October 2018
  • 9780713996746

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    Wonderful biography Perhaps 'a life history' is a better word as Caravaggio remains an obscure person The only written re

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    A remarkable biography Caravaggio liked to live life in the shadows as reflected in his artwork so the only sources Graham Dixon has to work with for his book are court records from Caravaggio's trouble making and the occasional letter mentioning the artist or his commissions Graham Dixon pieces the puzzles of Caravaggio's life together using those primary sources but also utilizes his interpretations of the

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    This is a biography of a gifted artist who unfortunately also possessed a proud and difficult personality that got him into freuent trouble with the law Ironically much of what is known about Michelangelo Merisi da Caravag

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    This review originally appeared at the Washington Independent Review of BooksBeing a tortured rock star is tough in any century Case in point Michaelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio the brilliant brooding bad boy of the 16th century art world whose

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    The messy story of what happened to Caravaggio's last paintings is also a microcosm of his afterlife and a parable illustrating his singularity as a painter He had always been an outsider a troublemaker a difficult and dangerous man Yet his art was so compelling so original so unforgettable that people were simply transfixed by it They fought to look at it gathering in the hundreds every time a new altarpiece was unveiled and they fought t

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    A spectacular biography in every way imaginable The author carefully puts together the historical record to provide as complete a picture of a complex troubled genius as is possibleMore importantly Graham Dixon illuminates each of C

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    Well written engaging and comprehensive biography of Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio the great Italian renaissance painter famous for his dramatic effects of light and shade and intense realism Portrait of Caravaggio by Ottavio Leo

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    I love art history because it seems very interactive to me I often have the painting being discussed pulled up

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    I know it's a cliche but facts about this artist's life are so few and far between he is very much like his own paintings em

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    ‘Caravaggio’s art is made from darkness and light’Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio born on 29 September 1571 died on 18 July 1610 In between he created magnificent paintings and got himself into a lot of trouble with the law Caravaggio

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Ok are those of cardinals and prostitutes prayer and violence Graham Dixon puts the murder A Life Sacred Kindle #208 of a pimp Ranuccio Tomassoni at the centre of his story It occurred at the height of Caravaggio’s fame in Rome and probably brought about his flight through Malta and Sicily whic A spectacular biography in every way imaginable The author carefully puts together the historical record to provide as complete a picture of a complex troubled genius as is possibleMore importantly Graham Dixon illuminates each of Caravaggio s paintings in such clear historical literary and artistic detail that anyone familiar with these paintings will now see them with a depth they have never before experienced I already know that I will come back to it again and again in anticipation of any time I am fortunate enough to view Caravaggio s work in the future In fact as much as I have loved each of Caravaggio s paintings that I have seen in person I now know that I never uite appreciated the beauty and complexity of each The chronology used to describe the paintings the stories behind each work now put each into a context I had never before understood I can t wait to rediscover Caravaggio s art again after reading this bookGraham Dixon does not cover up any of the gritty or tragic details of Caravaggio s life nor does he resort to tabloid sensationalism We meet a very human Caravaggio whose brilliance is neither obscured by his troubled life experiences nor elevated to an idealized sainthoodToo often trite jokes are made about the value of art history I ve been guilty myself of the same thing Graham Dixon s work will eliminate any notion of frivolity about the study of art history This is a serious work that will live for the ages It should become a standard for any professional or amateur student of art history Should others follow in the footsteps set by this example humanity will be better servedThis is a book that will remain with me for the rest of my life If you have ever been touched by a work of art you should read Caravaggio A Life Sacred and Profane Graham Dixon s account will stay with you long after you have finished reading it

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Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio September Life Sacred PDFEPUB #182 – July lived probably the darkest and most dangerous life of any of the great painters The worlds of Milan and Caravaggio A PDF Rome through which Caravaggio moved and which Andrew Graham Dixon describes brilliantly in this bo A remarkable biography Caravaggio liked to live life in the shadows as reflected in his artwork so the only sources Graham Dixon has to work with for his book are court records from Caravaggio s trouble making and the occasional letter mentioning the artist or his commissions Graham Dixon pieces the puzzles of Caravaggio s life together using those primary sources but also utilizes his interpretations of the artist s work to understand Caravaggio s emotional state at the time It is an astounding method to bring Caravaggio to life It allows the reader to not only learn about what the artist did but also understand why he acted and painted the way he didGraham Dixon is clearly passionate about Caravaggio s work as well I found myself staring at the painting plates there are about 100 of them provided in the book after reading the authors analysis of the work I am no art historian but even a layman such as myself can appreciate Graham Dixon s comments on the paintingsAs to Caravaggio himself the subtitle of A Life Sacred and Profane could not be apt No man was given opportunities to succeed and yet Caravaggio s sense of pride and lack of self control continually placed himself in danger or in prison Duels assaults prison escapes Caravaggio certainly did not live a boring life But the untimely death and the unmarked grave while certainly a tragic ending of an extraordinary life seems strangely appropriate for a man dedicated to realism in his art and who clashed with the class system of late Renaissance ItalyLastly Graham Dixon s closing remarks on Caravaggio s lasting impact on art is uplifting It is comforting to know that a talent like Caravaggio has not been forgotten Fire and Desire using those primary sources but also The Forgotten Memoir of John Knox utilizes his interpretations of the artist s work to The Illusionists understand Caravaggio s emotional state at the time It is an astounding method to bring Caravaggio to life It allows the reader to not only learn about what the artist did but also Planet of the Bugs understand why he acted and painted the way he didGraham Dixon is clearly passionate about Caravaggio s work as well I found myself staring at the painting plates there are about 100 of them provided in the book after reading the authors analysis of the work I am no art historian but even a layman such as myself can appreciate Graham Dixon s comments on the paintingsAs to Caravaggio himself the subtitle of A Life Sacred and Profane could not be apt No man was given opportunities to succeed and yet Caravaggio s sense of pride and lack of self control continually placed himself in danger or in prison Duels assaults prison escapes Caravaggio certainly did not live a boring life But the Fishes of the Open Ocean untimely death and the Out of Bounds (Boundaries, unmarked grave while certainly a tragic ending of an extraordinary life seems strangely appropriate for a man dedicated to realism in his art and who clashed with the class system of late Renaissance ItalyLastly Graham Dixon s closing remarks on Caravaggio s lasting impact on art is Grass, Sky, Song uplifting It is comforting to know that a talent like Caravaggio has not been forgotten

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H led to his death in suspicious circumstances off the coast of Naples Graham Dixon shows how Caravaggio’s paintings emerged from this extraordinarily wild and troubled life his detailed readings of them explain their originality and Caravaggio’s mentality better than any of his predecessors I know it s a cliche but facts about this artist s life are so few and far between he is very much like his own paintings emerging briefly every now and then from the dark out into daylightDetails of his early life are particularly sparse which made to me at least the first hundred or so pages of this biography hard going There s plenty about Milan and Rome folk art archbishops and cardinals but nothing substantial about the man himself The result is peculiar like a portrait painting without the portrait all setting but no face Once you get beyond that though Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio does begin to emerge and what a man he is For a start I d forgotten just how far ahead of its time some of his work really was painted in the seventeenth century St John The Baptist say or David With The Head Of Goliath could have been done in the twentiethI was amazed too by his extraordinary life He strode about the seedier parts of town dressed in a cloak and armed with a sword he killed an opponent in a duel although Graham Dixon argues convincingly that this was accidental and may have earned money as a pimp The most astonishing image of all though as unforgettable as any of his pictures is that of the great painter as fugitive on the run in fear of his life fleeing from city to city and everywhere he stopped painting a masterpieceI m glad I didn t lose patience during those first hundred pages because this is as enthralling a biography of Caravaggio or anyone else for that matter as I ve ever read


About the Author: Andrew Graham-Dixon

Andrew Graham Dixon has presented six Life Sacred PDF/EPUB ¶ landmark series on art for the BBC including the acclaimed A History of British Art Renaissance and Art of Eternity as well Caravaggio A PDF \ as numerous individual documentaries on art and artists For than twenty years he has published a weekly column on art first in the Independent and recently in the Sunday A Life Sacred Kindle Ð Telegraph He has written a number of acclaimed boo.