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Caravaggio’s disturbing art was a reflection of his life. As a result, “Caravaggio: A Life Sacred and Profane” reads like a historical- swashbuckler-cum-detective-story while also providing an. Caravaggio: A Life Sacred and Profane. Andrew Graham-Dixon; W.W. Norton; pp. Reviewed by Brian Jay Jones; October 4, This scholarly but spirited.

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Caravaggio: a Life Sacred and Profane by Andrew Graham-Dixon: review – Telegraph

It was great to have Graham-Dixon show us Caravaggio’s paintings in great detail and with much sensitivity. I had always learned more about the profane interpretations of Caravaggio’s art, but this was the I love art history because it seems very interactive to me.

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The archaeological find aa Tuscany came too late sscred be of use to Andrew Graham-Dixon, but he too has been battling for a decade to assemble the fragments of Caravaggio’s obscure, mysterious life into a biography. Duels, prostitution and Caravaggio’s flight to Malta all add to a rich profsne of a caavaggio genius.

Preview — Caravaggio by Andrew Graham-Dixon. The rest of this review is focused on specific paintings by Caravaggio that I found to be of special interest: If you’re a fan of Caravaggio or of art in the s and early s, I highly recommend this book to you. It’s hardly surprising, then, that he was much influenced by the new wave of socially-conscious Catholicism that followed in the tradition of St. For a start, I’d forgotten just how far ahead of its time some of his work really was: A Life Sacred and Profane, Art: These imbroglios are also well documented in this book.


I came into this book knowing nothing but I now feel I have a good understanding of the man and the times he lived in.

Caravaggio: A Life Sacred and Profane | Book review | Art and design | The Guardian

The character of the painting, and indeed the very fact that it was commissioned at all, suggests that those pdofane charge of the commission had few doubts about the painter’s ability. This scholarly but spirited biography explores the life of Caravaggio, the brilliant, brooding, bad boy of the 16th-century art world.

In the absence of fact, the legend has flourished: The picture might almost be a portrait of Caravaggio’s own dark state of mind, his lite hostility and growing sense of isolation during this period of his life.

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Graham-Dixion tells the story through Caravaggio’s remarkable paintings–a valiant effort but much of Caravaggio’s life seemingly will forever remain a mystery. Once you get beyond that though, Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio does begin to emerge – and what a man he is!

I’ve listened to the book The Passion of Artemisia which is a historical novel about Artemisia Gentileschithe daughter of Orazio. A fine illustration of what art history is supposed to be – a lovely, well-written study of Caravaggio’s life at the macro and micro levels. Jul 19, Alarie rated it liked it Shelves: There would be no Christ or Mary ascending to heaven on feathery clouds; instead, Christ plods along on dirty, bare feet, gesturing for St.


Fortunately, he had generous patrons and protectors who wanted to keep him free and busy with art commissions. His later work – after the murder – is more raw and emotional. Jul 20, Jose rated it it was amazing. Should others follow in the footsteps set by this example, humanity will be better served. The picture is very different to the St John the Baptist painted for Ciriaco Mattei a couple of years before.

Lief was the sort of tramp who lived in the roughest parts of town, chatted up prostitutes, smashed bowls of food into waiters’ faces, and stabbed a man over romantic quarrels. The stories of the Italian Renaissance and most particularly of the Templar Knights was utterly fascinating as was Caravaggio’s repeated successful attempts to “escape” justice until it finally caught up to him in the end.

Biography books Art and design books reviews. The physical version of the book apparently has terrific reproductions, and I regret buying it on Kindle for my iPhone.

Caravaggio: a Life Sacred and Profane by Andrew Graham-Dixon: review

Boy with Basket of Fruitc. Graham-Dixon’s work will eliminate any notion of frivolity about the study of art history. Caravaggio’s innovation was a radical naturalism that combined close physical observation with cadavaggio dramatic, even theatrical, use of chiaroscuro which came to be known as tenebrism the shift from light to dark with little intermediate value.