Discovering Caravaggio: The Art Lover's Guide to Understanding Symbols in His Paintings

Overview

Beautifully reproduced masterpieces showcase Caravaggio’s genius in a unique, highly educational, and enjoyable format. Published to coincide with an exhibition at Rome’s Scudrie del Quirinale on the four hundredth anniversary of Caravaggio’s death, this magnificent book reproduces fifty of his most important works from great museums around the world. Each work is accompanied by a page of die-cut windows that help the reader focus on specific aspects of each painting and features captions that highlight the most ...
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Overview

Beautifully reproduced masterpieces showcase Caravaggio’s genius in a unique, highly educational, and enjoyable format. Published to coincide with an exhibition at Rome’s Scudrie del Quirinale on the four hundredth anniversary of Caravaggio’s death, this magnificent book reproduces fifty of his most important works from great museums around the world. Each work is accompanied by a page of die-cut windows that help the reader focus on specific aspects of each painting and features captions that highlight the most important details or subtle symbolism embedded in a painting. Called the most famous painter in Rome during his lifetime, Caravaggio is credited with bringing realism to painting, refining the technique of chiaroscuro, and inspiring the rise of the baroque. Among the masterpieces included are Boy with a Basket of Fruit, Bacchus, John the Baptist, Medusa, Judith Beheading Holofernes, Amor Victorious, Ecce Homo and The Flagellation of Christ.
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“This is a book I shall treasure for the rest of my life.” ~Karen Platt’s Book Review & Crafts

“The content is rich in detail and the prints are delightful tease for any coffee table.” ~LA2DAY

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780847835294
  • Publisher: Rizzoli
  • Publication date: 10/26/2010
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 10.20 (w) x 13.10 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Stefano Zuffi is one of Italy’s most renowned art historians.

Philippe Daverio is the director of the famed French art magazine Art e Dossier.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 6

Caravaggio, Forever Contemporary Philippe Daverio Daverio, Philippe 10

Young Sick Bacchus Stefano Zuffi Zuffi, Stefano 14

Boy With A Basket Of Fruit Stefano Zuffi Zuffi, Stefano 18

The Fortune Teller Stefano Zuffi Zuffi, Stefano 22

The Cardsharps Stefano Zuffi Zuffi, Stefano 26

Penitent Magdalene Stefano Zuffi Zuffi, Stefano 32

Rest On The Flight Into Egypt Stefano Zuffi Zuffi, Stefano 36

The Musicians Stefano Zuffi Zuffi, Stefano 40

Martha And Mary Magdalene Stefano Zuffi Zuffi, Stefano 44

Sacrifice Of Isaac Stefano Zuffi Zuffi, Stefano 50

Judith Beheading Holofernes Stefano Zuffi Zuffi, Stefano 54

Narcissus Stefano Zuffi Zuffi, Stefano 58

The Lute Player Stefano Zuffi Zuffi, Stefano 62

Bacchus Stefano Zuffi Zuffi, Stefano 66

Flowers And Fruits Stefano Zuffi Zuffi, Stefano 72

Jupiter, Neptune, And Pluto Stefano Zuffi Zuffi, Stefano 74

David And Goliath Stefano Zuffi Zuffi, Stefano 78

Severed Heads Stefano Zuffi Zuffi, Stefano 82

Saint Catherine Of Alexandria Stefano Zuffi Zuffi, Stefano 84

Medusa Stefano Zuffi Zuffi, Stefano 88

Basket Of Fruit Stefano Zuffi Zuffi, Stefano 92

The Martyrdom Of Saint Matthew Stefano Zuffi Zuffi, Stefano 96

The Calling Of Saint Matthew Stefano Zuffi Zuffi, Stefano 102

The Conversion Of Saint Paul Stefano Zuffi Zuffi, Stefano 108

Saint John The Baptist (Youth With A Ram) Stefano Zuffi Zuffi, Stefano 112

Supper At Emmaus Stefano Zuffi Zuffi, Stefano 116

The Language Of Hands And Expressions Stefano Zuffi Zuffi, Stefano 120

Amor Vincit Oninia Stefano Zuffi Zuffi, Stefano 122

The Inspiration Of Saint Matthew Stefano Zuffi Zuffi, Stefano 126

Crucifixion Of Saint Peter Stefano Zuffi Zuffi, Stefano 132

Conversion Of Saint Paul Stefano Zuffi Zuffi, Stefano 136

The Incredulity Of Saint Thomas Stefano Zuffi Zuffi, Stefano 140

The Taking Of Christ Stefano Zuffi Zuffi, Stefano 144

Entombment Of Christ Stefano Zuffi Zuffi, Stefano 150

The Crowning With Thorns Stefano Zuffi Zuffi, Stefano 154

Sacrifice Of Isaac Stefano Zuffi Zuffi, Stefano 158

Recurring Models Stefano Zuffi Zuffi, Stefano 164

Madonna Of The Rosary Stefano Zuffi Zuffi, Stefano 166

Madonna Di Loreto Stefano Zuffi Zuffi, Stefano 170

Crowning With Thorns Stefano Zuffi Zuffi, Stefano 174

Ecce Homo Stefano Zuffi Zuffi, Stefano 178

Death Of The Virgin Stefano Zuffi Zuffi, Stefano 182

Madonna And Child With Saint Anne Stefano Zuffi Zuffi, Stefano 186

Supper At Emmaus Stefano Zuffi Zuffi, Stefano 190

Salome With The Head Of John The Baptist Stefano Zuffi Zuffi, Stefano 196

The Seven Works Of Mercy Stefano Zuffi Zuffi, Stefano 200

The Flagellation Of Christ Stefano Zuffi Zuffi, Stefano 204

Swords And Knives Stefano Zuffi Zuffi, Stefano 208

The Crucifixion Of Saint Andrew Stefano Zuffi Zuffi, Stefano 210

David With The Head Of Goliath Stefano Zuffi Zuffi, Stefano 214

The Face Of Caravaggio Stefano Zuffi Zuffi, Stefano 218

The Beheading Of Saint John The Baptist Stefano Zuffi Zuffi, Stefano 220

Burial Of Saint Lucy Stefano Zuffi Zuffi, Stefano 226

The Resurrection Of Lazarus Stefano Zuffi Zuffi, Stefano 230

Adoration Of The Shepherds Stefano Zuffi Zuffi, Stefano 234

Nativity With Saint Lawrence And Saint Francis Stefano Zuffi Zuffi, Stefano 238

The Martyrdom Of Saint Ursula Stefano Zuffi Zuffi, Stefano 242

John The Baptist Stefano Zuffi Zuffi, Stefano 246

Caravaggio: A Biography Stefano Zuffi Zuffi, Stefano 250

Locations Of The Works And Photocredits Stefano Zuffi Zuffi, Stefano 254

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  • Posted November 30, 2010

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    Caravaggio's Genius Dissected

    Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio (1571 - 1610) remains one of the most revered Italian artists of his time and continues to influence artists today for his extraordinarily realistic observation of the human state, both physical and emotional, and for his dramatic (an much imitated) use of lighting. It is then appropriate for authors Stefano Zuffi and Philippe Daverio to approach the fifty one of the master's paintings with attention drawn to details of each of these paintings with the useful technique of making overlay pages with die-cut windows to heighten the readers attention to specific details. While this may sound like a teaching lesson carried too far, the drama the authors create in using this technique is so successful that they provide ways to examine Caravaggio's particular gifts as a painter better than anyone has attempted to date. This book serves not only the academic world but also the art lover world. Written as an accompaniment to an exhibition at Rome's Scudrie del Quirinale on the four hundredth anniversary of Caravaggio's death, the book serves as a catalogue - if only the exhibition had been able to showcase all of the paintings included here: they are spread throughout the world in museums and this is probably the only time the public can obtain an overview of the genius' spectrum in such an intense setting. In addition to the very famous paintings of this artist are lesser known paintings, beautifully reproduced on quality paper with excellent color saturation (the book is published by Rizzoli). Such paintings as 'The Martyrdom of Saint Matthew' and 'The Conversion of St Paul', using the die-cut windows allow us to study carefully the faces of the subjects, allows appreciation for the first time the depth of understanding and spiritual sensitivity of these depictions. This may be the first book to invite the critical eye to details of paintings whose impact is so strong that without the guidance of Zuffi and Daverio many of these incredible details may go unnoticed or overlooked. This is a fine treasury of Caravaggio's work and a very well written book of both admiration and critical examination. Very highly recommended. Grady Harp

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