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Best Caravaggio Books You Should Enjoy

Looking for the best Caravaggio books? Browse our list to find excellent book recommendations on the subject.

1. Caravaggio: A Life Sacred and Profane (2012)

 Best Caravaggio Books You Should EnjoyA New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice and a Washington Post Notable Book of the Year “This book resees its subject with rare clarity and power as a painter for the 21st century.” ―Hilary Spurling, New York Times Book ReviewMichelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio (1571–1610) lived the darkest and most dangerous life of any of the great painters. This commanding biography explores Caravaggio’s staggering artistic achievements, his volatile personal trajectory, and his tragic and mysterious death at age thirty-eight. Featuring more than eighty full-color reproductions of the artist’s best…
Author(s): Andrew Graham-Dixon

2. Caravaggio’s Secrets (October Books) (2001)

 Best Caravaggio Books You Should EnjoyMany critics have explored the homoerotic message in the early portraits of the Baroque painter Michelangelo Caravaggio (1573-1610). In Caravaggio’s Secrets, Leo Bersani and Ulysse Dutoit emphasize instead the impenetrability of these portraits. The tension between erotic invitation and self-concealing retreat leads Bersani and Dutoit to conclude that the interest of these works is in their representation of an enigmatic address that solicits intimacy in order to block it with a secret. Bersani and Dutoit offer a psychoanalytic reading of the enigmatic address as initiating relations grounded in paranoid…
Author(s): Leo Bersani, Ulysse Dutoit

3. Caravaggio: A Passionate Life (2013)

 Best Caravaggio Books You Should EnjoyThe greatest painter of the Italian Baroque, Caravaggio was also a quicktempered, murderous swordsman. Few artists have had a police record like his. When painting, however, he became a mystic. The models for his Virgins and his saints were prostitutes, but his pictures are deeply spiritual. At the height of his fame, just after painting the Pope’s portrait, Caravaggio killed a man in a duel and had to hide for his life in the wild hills outside Rome. Outlawed, he became a Knight of Malta but, for half-killing a fellow knight in another duel, was thrown into a dungeon from which he escaped, leaping over the prison walls with a…
Author(s): Desmond Seward

4. Caravaggio. La cappella Contarelli: Roma, Palazzo Venezia 10 marzo – 15 ottobre 2011 (Cataloghi Mostre) (Italian Edition) (2011)

 Best Caravaggio Books You Should EnjoySeries: Cataloghi Mostre (Book 50) Paperback: 150 pages Publisher: L’Erma di Bretschneider (December 31, 2011) Language: Italian ISBN-10: 8882656152 ISBN-13: 978-8882656157 Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 0.3 x 10.8 inches Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds Average Customer Review: Be the first to review this item Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,978,925 in Books (See Top 100 in Books) #7446 in Art History (Books) #14244 in Collections, Catalogs & Exhibitions Would you like to tell us about a lower price? If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support?…
Author(s): Marco Cardinali

5. Caravaggio: A Life Sacred and Profane by Andrew Graham-Dixon (2011-06-22) ()

 Best Caravaggio Books You Should EnjoyPaperback Publisher: Penguin (1764) ASIN: B01N7NTRFR Average Customer Review: Be the first to review this item Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,016,975 in Books (See Top 100 in Books) Would you like to tell us about a lower price? If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support?…
Author(s): Jan 1, 1764

6. The Girl Who Loved Caravaggio (Out of Time Thriller Series) (2019)

 Best Caravaggio Books You Should EnjoyThe Amazon #1 bestselling author of THE GIRL WHO KNEW DA VINCI is back with another page-turning thriller.Art historian Angela Renatus knows she’s different. She can see into the past—into the lives of the greatest artists of all time—but are her visions a gift or a curse? Angela and her fiancé, Alex Caine—a former Navy Seal turned private detective—recover precious works of art for private collectors, museums, and galleries. Enlisted by the Uffizi Gallery in Florence, Angela and Alex investigate one of the greatest art heists in history—the theft of Caravaggio’s NATIVITY. But the deeper they delve into Caravaggio’s…
Author(s): Belle Ami

7. Caravaggio: Painter of Miracles (Eminent Lives) (2010)

 Best Caravaggio Books You Should Enjoy“Matching gorgeous prose to gorgeous artworks, Prose responds to each image as a moment of theatrical revelation, sensual or spiritual, and frequently 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. Called “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…
Author(s): Francine Prose

8. Caravaggio (The Library of Great Masters) (1991)

 Best Caravaggio Books You Should EnjoyShow examples of the artist’s major works, assesses his influence on modern painting, and includes a brief description of his life and times…
Author(s): Giorgio Bonsanti

9. The Lost Painting: The Quest for a Caravaggio Masterpiece (2006)

 Best Caravaggio Books You Should EnjoyAn Italian village on a hilltop near the Adriatic coast, a decaying palazzo facing the sea, and in the basement, cobwebbed and dusty, lit by a single bulb, an archive unknown to scholars. Here, a young graduate student from Rome, Francesca Cappelletti, makes a discovery that inspires a search for a work of art of incalculable value, a painting lost for almost two centuries. The artist was Caravaggio, a master of the Italian Baroque. He was a genius, a revolutionary painter, and a man beset by personal demons. Four hundred years ago, he drank and brawled in the taverns and streets of Rome, moving from one rooming…
Author(s): Jonathan Harr

10. The Guardian of Mercy: How an Extraordinary Painting by Caravaggio Changed an Ordinary Life Today (2017)

 Best Caravaggio Books You Should EnjoyNow celebrated as one of the great painters of the Renaissance, Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio fled Rome in 1606 to escape retribution for killing a man in a brawl. Three years later he was in Naples, where he painted The Seven Acts of Mercy. A year later he died at the age of thirty-eight under mysterious circumstances. Exploring Caravaggio’s singular masterwork, in The Guardian of Mercy Terence Ward offers an incredible narrative journey into the heart of his artistry and his metamorphosis from fugitive to visionary.Ward’s guide in this journey…
Author(s): Terence Ward

11. Caravaggio Studies (1974)

 Best Caravaggio Books You Should EnjoyThis study of the life and work of the dynamic painter who shocked Rome and revolutionized its academic schools has come to be considered a standard work on Caravaggio. “A volume that brings us closer to the essence of Caravaggio’s art than any previous book … By means of historical analysis, it establishes in what aspects of his style the essential originality of Caravaggio is to be sought, and from what sources it derived its force. The painter discected in these pages may be a trifle less sensational than the figure to which phrase-makers have introduced us, but he…
Author(s): Walter Friedlaender

Best Caravaggio Books You Should Enjoy

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Displacing Caravaggio: Art, Media, and Humanitarian Visual Culture

Author(s): Francesco Zucconi
ID: 2289160, Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan, Year: 2018, Size: 6 Mb, Format: pdf

21 Days in Normandy: Maj. Gen. George Kitching and the 4th Canadian Armoured Division

Author(s): Angelo Caravaggio
ID: 2624167, Publisher: Pen and Sword Military, Year: 2017, Size: 23 Mb, Format: epub

The guardian of mercy: how an extraordinary painting by Caravaggio changed an ordinary life today

Author(s): Caravaggio, Michelangelo Merisi da;Ward, Terence
ID: 2569965, Publisher: Arcade Publishing, Year: 2016;2015, Size: 4 Mb, Format: epub

Please note that this booklist is not errorless. Some books are truly chart-busters according to Chicago Tribune, others are composed by unknown writers. On top of that, you can always find additional tutorials and courses on Coursera, Udemy or edX, for example. Are there any other relevant books you could recommend? Drop a comment if you have any feedback on the list.

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