Caravaggio: A Life Sacred and Profane

Caravaggio: A Life Sacred and Profane

by Andrew Graham-Dixon


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A 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 Review

Michelangelo 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 paintings, Caravaggio is a masterful profile of the mercurial painter.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780393343434
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 11/12/2012
Pages: 544
Sales rank: 166,395
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.00(h) x 2.40(d)

About the Author

Andrew Graham-Dixon is a prominent writer, television host, and historian. He has written a number of acclaimed books and has won the Hawthornden Prize, Britain’s top prize for writing about art. Considered “the most gifted art critic of his generation” (Robert Hughes), Graham-Dixon researched Caravaggio’s life for more than ten years.

What People are Saying About This

Peter Carey

A thrilling lesson in the art of seeing, a sensual exploration of the shadows of Caravaggio's sometimes violent but always Christian world, a detective story with a highly satisfying ending.

Robert Hughes

The most gifted art critic of his generation.

Anthony Quinn

Criticism that manages to be skeptical and humane, dryly witty and deeply serious ...

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Caravaggio 2.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is by far the most comprehensive, thoughtful and well-written book on Caravaggio, his works and the society in which he lived.  It was a pleasure to read and quite an easy read, at that.  My husband, whole he loves Caravaggio's work, was less than enthused about reading his biography.  However, even he found this book enjoyable as well as incredibly informative.  We both appreciate Graham-Dixon's meticulous research and historically contextual additions to the story of the life of this brilliant and complex artist. A super book!
Bookish1KP More than 1 year ago
Very good read!
kpet More than 1 year ago
CARAVAGGIO is a detailed biography of an incrediable artist. His was a frantic existence, with an incrediable legacy. There are copies of most of his paintings, all of them described in the text. The author tries to dispell the rumors, and delivers the facts. A treat for art lovers, historians, and general readers. Caravaggio was an complex person, and his paintings show this. I recommend this to anyone, even to persons looking for a entertaining read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is not going to appeal to the general public. Why make it so expensive for the Nook, especially the first edition Nook which doesn't show the pictures well?
carol jones More than 1 year ago
Why such a difference?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
why should I pay more to have it on the Nook, which is my property than it costs bo buy it hard cover... not likely. I'll read something else.