Penguin Book


Andrew Graham Dixon

Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio (29 September 1571 - 18 July 1610) lived probably the darkest and most dangerous life of any of the great painters. The worlds of Milan and Rome, which Andrew Graham-Dixon describes brilliantly in this book and through which Caravaggio moved, are those of pimps and prostitutes, violence and death. In place of conventional chronology, Graham-Dixon puts the murder of a pimp, Ranuccio Tomassoni, at the centre of his story. This murder occurred at the height of Caravaggio's fame in Rome and resulted in his flight through Malta and Sicily, and possibly to his own death in suspicious circumstances off the coast of Naples. Graham-Dixon's great achievement is to show how Caravaggio's paintings emerged from this extraordinarily troubled life. His detailed readings of the paintings explain their composition and Caravaggio's mentality better than ever before. This book seeks to answer the question of how a man's life feeds into his art, and of the affect of Caravaggio's violent life on his work as an artist.
Caravaggio has never been more admired than he is now. This major new biography will be published to coincide with the 400th anniversary of his death.

Andrew Graham-Dixon is the outstanding art historian of his generation. He has twice won the Hawthornden Prize (the top prize for writing about art). He has had two successful television series', A History of British Art and Renaissance. He has a column in the Sunday Telegraph and his first book, Paper Museum, was published in 1996.

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  • Art and Design
  • Biography and Memoir
Format TPS
234 x 153mm
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