Caravaggio

Caravaggio

by John Gash
     
 

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Michelangelo Merisi (1571-1610), known as Caravaggio, after his home town in Lombardy, was arguably not only the finest painter of the late Renaissance and early Baroque periods, but one of the great artists of all time. He must also rank among the most revolutionary of those who, from time to time, have sought to overthrow established artistic orthodoxy through a

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Michelangelo Merisi (1571-1610), known as Caravaggio, after his home town in Lombardy, was arguably not only the finest painter of the late Renaissance and early Baroque periods, but one of the great artists of all time. He must also rank among the most revolutionary of those who, from time to time, have sought to overthrow established artistic orthodoxy through a return to, or strengthening of, naturalism. His two principal innovations - his use of chiaroscuro and his practice of painting directly from posed models- imbued his picturesque genre scenes of cardsharps and fortunetellers and his groundbreaking religious paintings, so redolent of the spirit of the Counter Reformation, with an intense, crisply etched presence. While his capricious character, aggressive behavior, and bohemian way of life have intrigued the modern imagination, fueling the notion of him as an embattled outsider who channeled the complexities of his own make-up into an assertively iconoclastic art.

In this new edition of his authoritative text, which places Caravaggio's achievement squarely within the cultural and religious contexts of his time, John Gash has incorporated several recent documentary and pictorial discoveries. The book illustrates most of Caravaggio's surviving paintings, executed in Rome, Naples, Malta and Sicily at the turn of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, the majority of them in color.

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Art historian John Gash examines the life of revolutionary artist Michelangelo da Caravaggio in this brief biography, which concentrates on the technical innovations Caravaggio developed, the resultant threat to the established styles of 16th-century art, and the rebirth of naturalism. The volume reproduces several works by Caravaggio in plates that are well annotated in accompanying captions.
Library Journal
These two books on the Italian master Caravaggio have the same title and even the same cover illustration, but they differ in purpose, emphasis, and format. Hunt's (humanities, Stanford Univ.) book is part of Haus's "Life and Times" series and is primarily a biography, although it uses small reproductions of selected Caravaggio paintings as a chronological record to help organize the artist's life story. Drawing on earlier biographies and historical records to present a coherent life story for the flamboyant and quarrelsome painter, this pocket-sized book sometimes stretches the source material to present a more cohesive story than what is truly known. However engaging, the result risks misleading readers. By contrast, Gash's (art history, Univ. of Aberdeen, Scotland) large-format book is more a standard art-historical treatment, concentrating on Caravaggio's art and featuring large reproductions of most of his known paintings. Scholarly notes accompany most of the works. Caravaggio's art is related to his society in a 20-page introductory essay. Only those facts about Caravaggio's life that can be verified in historical records are presented in a mere seven-page chronology, which is somewhat fragmented because Gash avoids taking sides in any of the unsettled questions about the painter's life. As an engaging biography, Hunt's book is most suitable for general libraries; as a solid art history, Gash's book is appropriate for all comprehensive collections.-Kathryn Wekselman, Cincinnati Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780847817849
Publisher:
Rizzoli
Publication date:
09/06/1994
Series:
Rizzoli Art Series
Pages:
24
Product dimensions:
10.22(w) x 13.97(h) x 0.17(d)

Meet the Author

John Gash is Senior Lecturer in History of Art at the University of Aberdeen and a specialist in Baroque art. He has published extensively on Caravaggio and his followers and is currently preparing a book on Caravaggism.

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