Caravaggio: Una vida sagrada y profana [NOOK Book]

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Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio vivió la más oscura y peligrosa vida de entre los grandes maestros de la pintura. Los ambientes de Milán, Roma y Nápoles en los que Caravaggio se movió, y que Andrew Graham-Dixon describe magníficamente en este libro, son los de los cardenales y las prostitutas, los de la oración y la violencia. En las calles que circundaban iglesias y palacios, las peleas y los duelos eran moneda común. En una de estas disputas, el impetuoso Caravaggio mató a otro hombre y tuvo que huir a ...

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Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio vivió la más oscura y peligrosa vida de entre los grandes maestros de la pintura. Los ambientes de Milán, Roma y Nápoles en los que Caravaggio se movió, y que Andrew Graham-Dixon describe magníficamente en este libro, son los de los cardenales y las prostitutas, los de la oración y la violencia. En las calles que circundaban iglesias y palacios, las peleas y los duelos eran moneda común. En una de estas disputas, el impetuoso Caravaggio mató a otro hombre y tuvo que huir a Nápoles y luego a Malta, donde escapó de prisión tras verse envuelto en otro episodio violento. Él mismo fue víctima de un intento de asesinato en Nápoles tiempo después. Murió mientras regresaba a Roma en busca del perdón papal para sus crímenes. Tenía 38 años.


Andrew Graham-Dixon ha pasado una década reuniendo las evidencias conservadas sobre la vida de Caravaggio para responder en este libro a muchas de las cuestiones que durante años han desconcertado a los investigadores. Revela las identidades de la gente corriente –a menudo prostitutas y mendigos– que el pintor usó como modelos para sus representaciones de escenas religiosas clásicas; describe lo que pasó realmente durante ese fatídico duelo; y ofrece el más convincente relato publicado hasta la fecha de las extraordinarias circunstancias de su muerte. Y en el centro de este relato se sitúa la reveladora interpretación que Graham-Dixon hace de los cuadros de Caravaggio para mostrar cómo éste creaba su drama, inmediatez y humanidad, y cómo rompió drásticamente con las convenciones de la época.


«Ha habido otras biografías de Caravaggio, pero la de Andrew Graham-Dixon es la que hay que leer. Impresionantemente erudita y bien escrita, ésta es una extraordinaria historia de un hombre que nunca nos habla más que a través de su pintura.»

Daily Mail


«La vida de Caravaggio fue en cada detalle tan sangrienta, excitante y atractiva como como sus propias pinturas. Entre informes policiales y exuberantes lienzos, Graham-Dixon ha moldeado una vida y la historia de una sociedad.»

The Times


«Raramente se ha podido contemplar a Caravaggio con tanta profundidad y relieve como en esta maravillosa biografía. El hombre y su obra emergen enriquecidos y revitalizados.»

NEIL MACGREGOR, director del British Museum


«Tras años en los que los historiadores del arte se han concentrado en los detalles del estilo artístico, es refrescante leer una biografía de Caravaggio que combina la sangre y las vísceras de los callejones de Roma con una verdadera comprensión de la calidad y el carácter de su pintura.»

CHARLES SAUMAREZ SMITH, director de la Royal Academy of Art


«El que a Graham-Dixon le llevara una década investigar y escribir este lúcido y fascinante libro es una muestra de la profundidad de sus indagaciones, la destreza de su análisis histórico y artístico y la hábil fluidez con la que está expresado. Se trata de una proeza poco común.»

Publishers Weekly


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Editorial Reviews

Hilary Spurling
Given the near-total lack of documentary evidence and the elusive nature of [Caravaggio] himself, it is hardly surprising that fictional techniques have penetrated in some ways further and more surely than the sterner disciplines of art history. Graham-Dixon…ably combines the two in Caravaggio. He makes the most of Italian criminal records…to provide graphic glimpses of the young Caravaggio squabbling, fighting, trading threats and insults, smashing plates in restaurants and slashing opponents with knife or sword. The only other available source is the art, to which Graham-Dixon brings the kind of imaginative and emotional intelligence that gives life and point to painstaking research.
—The New York Times Book Review
Michael Dirda
Caravaggio: A Life Sacred and Profane reads like a historical-swashbuckler-cum-detective-story while also providing an up-to-date introduction to some of the most admired paintings in Western art…Graham-Dixon writes with verve and clarity about the work as well as the man and his times.
—The Washington Post
Library Journal
New publications (e.g., Michael Fried's The Moment of Caravaggio and John T. Spike's Caravaggio) continue to appear in commemoration of the 400th anniversary of the death of Caravaggio. This one takes a more biographical than art historical approach to the controversial artist. Art critic and BBC television art series presenter Graham-Dixon (Michelangelo and the Sistine Chapel) firmly places Caravaggio in his milieu right from the beginning of his life, discussing the important connection between his family and the family of one of the heroes of the Battle of Lepanto, which took place eight days after Caravaggio's birth. Further reading suggestions (English and Italian), an index, endnotes, and maps are included. VERDICT Recommended for special collections, art faculty and students, and interested general readers. (Final images not seen.)—Nancy J. Mactague, Aurora Univ. Lib., IL
Kirkus Reviews

Expansive life of the masterful yet mercurial artist.

Even though he apprenticed and served in several studios, Caravaggio (1571–1610) painted according to his own rules, updating Bible stories with his own vision of violence. He was an autodidact unencumbered by current artistic customs, and he painted what he saw in the pious realism fostered by Carlo Borromeo, reviving the empathic visualization of Francis of Assisi and the Sacro Monte of the Piedmont region. Regressing to the art that preceded the High Renaissance, Caravaggio established an entirely new genre of stark realism and visceral detail. He never did preliminary sketches and painted only from carefully set up models; he was unable to paint from imagination or memory. His virtuosity, mastery of chiaroscuro and ability to make the sacred profane established him as the ideal for painters as varied as Rubens, Velasquez, David and even Picasso, who invoked his use of realism as he paintedGuernica. British art critic Graham-Dixon (Michelangelo and the Sistine Chapel, 2009, etc.) brilliantly points out how Caravaggio's paintings reflected a violent man in violent times, and self-portrait insertions in many of his paintings reflect the progression of the artist's agonies. As the artistic capital of the world, Rome quickly recognized his talent, providing many patrons to bail him out after his frequent violent encounters. His capacity for trouble mirrored his art, "a series of lightning flashes in the darkest of nights." Because he wrenched so much from the depths of his soul into his paintings, it's no wonder he lived such a short life.

An impressive web of biography, social history and art history.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9788430609130
  • Publisher: Penguin Random House Grupo Editorial España
  • Publication date: 2/8/2012
  • Language: Spanish
  • Sold by: RANDOM HOUSE MONDADORI
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 584
  • File size: 14 MB
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Meet the Author

Andrew Graham-Dixon has presented six landmark series on art for the BBC, including the acclaimed A History of British Art, Renaissance and Art of Eternity, as well as numerous individual documentaries on art and artists. For more than twenty years he has published a weekly column on art, first in the Independent and, more recently, in the Sunday Telegraph. He has written a number of acclaimed books, on subjects ranging from medieval painting and sculpture to the art of the present, including Caravaggio: A Life Sacred and Profane, Art: The Definitive Visual Guide, and Michelangelo and the Sistine Chapel.

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  • Posted March 12, 2012

    I give it 1 star because its in Spanish and the English verision

    I give it 1 star because its in Spanish and the English verision is $31.99. :(

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