Caravaggio

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Caravaggio (1571-1610) was the most revolutionary artist of the Italian Baroque. Consistently emphasising the humanity of his religious subjects, he established a new canon. The intensity and drama of his chiaroscuro style is matched only by his life. Outlaw, heretic, murderer and sensualist are a few of the charges brought against him by his contemporaries. Given the paucity of verifiable biographical documents, Caravaggio the man remains mysterious and elusive to his modern ...
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Overview

Caravaggio (1571-1610) was the most revolutionary artist of the Italian Baroque. Consistently emphasising the humanity of his religious subjects, he established a new canon. The intensity and drama of his chiaroscuro style is matched only by his life. Outlaw, heretic, murderer and sensualist are a few of the charges brought against him by his contemporaries. Given the paucity of verifiable biographical documents, Caravaggio the man remains mysterious and elusive to his modern admirers.
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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.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781904341741
  • Publisher: Haus Publishing
  • Publication date: 3/28/2004
  • Series: Life & Times
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 5.39 (w) x 8.11 (h) x 0.71 (d)

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PATRICK HUNT is in the Classics Department at Stanford University, where he has been teaching archaeology, mythology, and art history since 1994. He has been featured on the History Channel and in Archaeology magazine for his Hannibal alpine research and directs Stanford’s Alpine Archaeology project in France, Italy, and Switzerland. Additionally, he is a published poet, classical music composer, and illustrator; he contributed the illustrations to Richard Martin's Myth of the Ancient Greeks (Penguin). Hunt's wide-ranging professional and personal scholarship allows him to interpret Caravaggio's complicated religious and classical imagery while anchoring his art in his life.
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Table of Contents

Introduction vii
Acknowledgements xi
Early Life and Training 1571-1592 1
Poverty and Patronage in Rome 1592-1595 11
Patronage of Cardinal Francesco Del Monte and Caravaggio's Bohemian Behaviour 1595-1600 29
Criminals and Courtesans and the Question of Caravaggio's Ambiguous Sexuality 1595-1600 53
Roman Summit: Egregius in urbe pictor 1600-1603 68
Libel, Prison and Escalating Violence 1603-1605 92
Murder and a Fugitive's Flight 1606 104
Naples, Malta and Sicily 1606-1609 110
Ars Moriendi or Ars Mortis 1609-1610 129
Notes 142
Chronology 144
Bibliography 152
Picture Sources 155
New or Rebuilt Churches and Palaces in Counter-Reformation Rome 1549-1600 156
Index 158
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