This is a fascinating re-evaluation of the life and works of a
hugely talented yet controversial artist. The young Michelangelo
Merisi da Caravaggio (1571-1610) created a major stir in
late-sixteenth-century Rome with the groundbreaking naturalism and
highly charged emotionalism of his paintings. "Caravaggio" is a
sumptuously illustrated and engagingly written volume that takes a
fresh look at Caravaggio's life and works, uncovering evidence that
the efforts of Caravaggio's contemporaries to disparage his
character and his artwork often sprang from their own cultural
biases or a desire to promote the artistic achievements of his
rivals, and that contrary to repeated claims, Caravaggio lacked
neither education nor piety, but was an extremely accomplished
technician who developed a successful marketing strategy.
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