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From Lombardy to Rome 1571-1600: Lombard roots; Rome; in Cardinal del Monte's household. Success in Rome 1600-1606: "Most Famous Painter"; private commissions. Exile 1606-1610: Naples and the Maltese venture; final years; epilogue.

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Catherine Puglisi is Associate Professor of Art History at Rutgers University, New Jersey.


Neither the pedantic obscurantism nor the lurid biographical preoccupations that have marred recent studies of Caravaggio are present in this excellent opus. Puglisi's (art history, Rutgers Univ.) comprehensive overview covers what is known about the master with an unusually sensible and sensitive appreciation of the paintings and their place within his stylistic development. Caravaggio is insightfully situated in his art historical ambience, the paintings linked to a nexus of artistic influences. Refreshingly, the incisive iconographic explications of the paintings are articulated as expressions of the patrons' requirements and not as manifestations of the artist's psychological duress. A checklist of the master's oeuvre, an examination of his technique, and a selection of translated documents further enhance this exemplary study. Unusually fine and complete reproductions of the paintings and a plethora of comparative works complement the text. The elegant integration of biographical narrative, formal and intellectual characterization, and lavish illustration come together in what is now the best introduction to this pivotal figure.ÄRobert Cahn, Fashion Inst. of Technology, New York

"Puglisi's Caravaggio is a lavishly produced book containing excellent reproductions of many of his works in situ. While it will appeal to the general reader who is interested in a survey of Caravaggio's work, the appeal for the more expert reader will be in the excellent appendix of attributed and lost works and the series of recently discovered documents on the artist."-The Art Book

"The book is worth buying for the sumptuous colour plates. These bring the drama of Caravaggio magnificently to life and ravish the eye."-Guardian

"A well-written, clear and straightforward narrative... Generously illustrated..."-Burlington Magazine

"An admirable, up-to-date and very well illustrated account."-London Review of Books

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