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Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio lived the darkest and most dangerous life of any of the great painters The worlds of Milan Rome and Naples through which Caravaggio moved and which Andrew Graham Dixon describes brilliantly in this book are those of cardinals and whores prayer and v I was fortunate enough to see Beyond Caravaggio exhibit while visiting Dublin this year and although I am not very knowledgeable about art I was instantly attracted by his paintings for the peculiar focus of light and choice of details and interesting composition of characters in the storytelling After reading this book I am again amazed by the powerful expression of his paintings beyond their titles each one tells so much about personal history full of contradictions ambiguity yearning and violence It is a long and dense book but it reads like a suspenseful and melodramatic drama which was the life of this incredibly volatile and uniue artist

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Caravaggio A Life Sacred and ProfaneIolence On the streets surrounding the churches and palaces brawls and swordfights were regular occurrences In the course of this desperate life Caravaggio created the most dramatic paintings of his age using ordinary men and women often prostitutes and the very poor to model for hi I took this on holiday and was gripped from the first page Graham Dixon really gets under the skin of this tormented genius bringing Michaelangelo Merisi de Caravaggio pulsating into three dimensionals Extensive research and a noir ish writing attack combine to lift this biography out of its genre and into something else It rattles along like a detective thriller as Dixon painstakingly traces Caravaggio from his plague ridden childhood across late 16thearly 17th Italy gathering what scraps of information on this mysterious man he can mainly from his criminal records Slowly a picture emerges of this complex manThe mean streets of Rome and Naples are vividly brought to life in way that you can almost smell them Dixon effortlessly counterbalances this with brilliant incisive descriptions of the paintings and the reasons how and why they were doneWhat a read Epic

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Caravaggio A Life Sacred and Profane Epub ó Download ✓ Join or create book clubs á ➵ [Reading] ➷ Caravaggio: A Life Sacred and Profane By Join or create book clubs ➪ – Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio lived the darkest and most S depictions of classic religious scenes Andrew Graham Dixons exceptionally illuminating readings of Caravaggiospictures which are the heart of the book show very clearly how he created their drama immediacy and humanity and how completely he departed from the conventions of his tim The book arrived very pleasantly soon It seemed to be rather a tome but on reading just the first few lines skipping the obligatory 'thank you's etc I read those after I've read the book I found the amazing amount of necessary information to set the period was imparted with brevity but clarity The book continued in this form an enormous amount of picturing phraseology giving the reader a taste almost literally of the life and style of Italy at this time Despite there being so little factual contemporary information on Michelangelo de Caravaggio Mr Graham Dixon has told us of a life that was embittered afraid driven and at time 'bought' by his contemporaries and the religious masters of his life I was ENTHRALLED I could not stop reading it was addictive and I am now suffering cold turkeyThe indices and numerical references are excellent and with this sort of book essential I shall be reading elsewhere nowand the author has wonderfully included ALL Caravaggio's works that are available and has described them in such a deep and insightful way I wouldcould not perhaps have seen as much if I'd been faced with these wonderful paintings I shall now go and view them if possible and see with new eyesA superb read Definitely a 'keeper'