Caravaggio by Catherine PuglisiCaravaggio by Catherine Puglisi


byCatherine PuglisiAs told byCatherine Puglisi

Paperback | March 15, 2000

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As Catherine Puglisi points out in the most beautiful Caravaggio book ever, the soulful, tormented, ethereally talented painter has become a pop icon, with a "full-blown industry of Caravaggio publications." Puglisi's book is a standout in this crowded field. With remarkable evenhandedness, she sifted through the scholarship and discoveries--and the trash--of the past 20 years and wrote a Caravaggio book that does justice to the painter's glorious work. She doesn't skimp on the juicy parts of his life, however: she candidly but coolly recounts and appraises the bits of historical evidence for his sexuality (both hetero and homo), his use of whores and ruffians as models, and his many scrapes with the law. All the while, she focuses the reader on the paintings, aptly describing such naturalistic, groundbreaking works as The Calling of St. Matthew, of 1599. Gazing at the large, double-page color plates in Puglisi's book, it is easy to feel the erotic pull of the many early canvasses of supple youths that have been so widely reproduced in recent years. But the later religious pictures, in which the models for the saints and Madonnas still seem almost palpable in their reality, have the most dramatic magnetism. Rest on the Flight into Egypt is particularly moving. It may never be possible to unravel the tangled web of Caravaggio's life, but Puglisi manages to restore a welcome balance to our view of his art. --Peggy Moorman
Title:CaravaggioFormat:PaperbackDimensions:448 pages, 9.75 × 8.5 × 1.5 inPublished:March 15, 2000Publisher:Phaidon PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0714839663

ISBN - 13:9780714839660

Appropriate for ages: 13

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One of the most revolutionary painters of his time, a master of light and shadow, Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio is also among the greatest artists of all time. In the late 20th century, the baroque artist became a cultural icon not only for his beautiful and dramatic works, but also for his violent and tragic life. Catherine Puglisi’s acclaimed, authoritative monograph, now in paperback, features more than 180 glorious full-colour illustrations. Drawing on recent research and discoveries, Caravaggio offers a clear and comprehensive study of the artist’s life and work, as well as an appendix of documents, full notes, bibliography, checklist of works and full indexes.