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kindle ☆ Caravaggio â Ú Francine Prose Ú [Read] ➮ Caravaggio Author Francine Prose – “Matching gorgeous prose to gorgeous artworks Prose responds to each image as a moment of theatrical revelation sensual or spiritual and freuently both” —  Boston Sunday Globe In Caravaggio NeEd “racy intensely imagined and highly readable” by the New York Times Book Review Caravaggio includes eight pages of color illustrations and is sure to appeal to art enthusiasts interested in one of history’s true innovators Caravaggio is part of the “Eminent Lives” series from HarperCollins a selection of biographies by distinguished authors on canonical figures excellently written just wish I had the paintings in front of me for context

Francine Prose â Caravaggio reader

“Matching gorgeous prose to gorgeous artworks Prose responds to each image as a moment of theatrical revelation sensual or spiritual and freuently both”   Boston Sunday Globe In Caravaggio New York Times bestselling author Francine Prose offers an enthralling account of the life and work of one of the greatest painters of all time Caravaggio defied the aesthetic conventi Overflowing in both talent and self regard Caravaggio 1571 1610 remains an enigma He left behind no diaries or letters to convey his thoughts Instead contemporaries chose to chronicle his uarrels profligate drinking and gambling violent altercations and hurried escapes from vengeful factions This book is a personalized view of the artist's works While Caravaggio was a highly successful painter of the religious subjects in demand at the time he assumes a modern cast His models were laborers vagabonds con men and whores — a far cry from inserting the portraits of rich patrons in the guise of faithful worshipers His compositions have an almost photographic uality in that he is interested in capturing a particular frame of action rather than a symbolic pose staged for the benefit of the viewer Despite the subject matter the viewpoint is resolutely secular The author notes that he is almost repudiating religious convention His paintings force the viewer to deal with a harshly graphic present The unflinching focus is on life's brevity not a glorious eternity With her writing the author attempts to recreate through prose the dramatic vitality of Caravaggio's paintings Her effort is successful in that it encourages the reader to form a personal relationship of his own with Caravaggio A great deal of attention is focused on Caravaggio's early still life paintings Basket of Fruit ca 1599 depicts insect chewed leaves a worm eaten apple the impression of over ripe fruit Some have speculated the painting represents the brevity and inevitable decay of life Others imagine it is Caravaggio deriding his earlier apprenticeship where he was tasked with painting fruits and flowers The author calls attention to the exploitation of design disguised as reality in the diagonal rise of the vine Yet the focus in this painting seems to be those too perfect grapes pushing out from the foreground In contrast they glisten and seem about to burst with their promise of sweet intoxicating delight Only a small handful of the paintings are reproduced in this book Readers are warned that they will need to search online for the other paintings the author discusses A second omission is that the historical context that make Caravaggio's work so visionary is only touched upon The author contrasts Caravaggio with a successful contemporary Giuseppi Cesari but none of Cesari's works are included in the book for visual comparison See the following website for examples online Instead the author relies on words to suggest the contrast “If Caravaggio's paintings are brilliant nearly photographic representations of miracles in progress Cesari's frescoes often evoke the illustrations in Sunday school textbooks Indeed Cesari is one of the many of Caravaggio's contemporaries whose work reminds us of what it is easy to forget or overlook — that is how revolutionary Caravaggio was how much he changed and rejected the baby blue heavens the pillowy clouds the airy ascensions accompanied by flocks of pigeonlike cherubs and choirs of attractive angels” p29 Perhaps that is all that's needed The characterization of “pigeonlike” will change the reader's view of Caravaggio's Mannerist predecessors foreverThis is part of the publisher's “Eminent Lives” series an interesting approach to biography Accomplished authors rather than historians or scholars are enlisted to write accessible stylistically distinctive biographical sketches of historic figures The desire to escape the limits of an academic treatment is reflected in the lack of an index On one hand the choice of Caravaggio as a subject is odd since so little is actually known about his life On the other hand it is elouent in bringing Caravaggio to life through his art

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CaravaggioOns of his time his use of ordinary people realistically portrayed street boys prostitutes the poor the aged was a profound and revolutionary innovation that left its mark on generations of artists His insistence on painting from nature on rendering the emotional truth of experience whether religious or secular made him an artist who speaks across the centuries to modern dayCall It's always fun to dig into the life of someone you barely know anything about and whose work you found unimpressive until you learned the nitty gritty of their awesome weird lifeCaravaggio gay asshole criminal and painter scourge of the early 17th century Italian art scene for his iconoclastic supreme works the guy who fought duels threw vegetables at waiters and spent a lot of his later career wanted for murder over a tennis match this is a supreme guy And once you learn what a violent unsettling larger than life beast he was you suddenly learn to love his art The filth under the nails of the saints the rotting fruit the whores he used as models Caravaggio didn't give a hoot about convention and he was unjustly excoriated for it well up until this centuryThis work in particular is sufficient if brief and sorely lacking in illustrations it has a handful and ends too abruptly but it's a nice jumping off point