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This is a fascinating re-evaluation of the life and works of a hugely talented yet controversial artist. The young Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio (1571-1610) created a major stir in late-sixteenth-century Rome with the groundbreaking naturalism and highly charged emotionalism of his paintings. "Caravaggio" is a sumptuously illustrated and engagingly written volume that takes a fresh look at Caravaggio's life and works, uncovering evidence that the efforts of Caravaggio's contemporaries to disparage his character and his artwork often sprang from their own cultural biases or a desire to promote the artistic achievements of his rivals, and that contrary to repeated claims, Caravaggio lacked neither education nor piety, but was an extremely accomplished technician who developed a successful marketing strategy.
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Sybille Ebert-Schifferer is the director of the Bibliotheca Hertziana at the Max Planck Institute for Art History in Rome.

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"["Caravaggio"] accomplishes the seemingly impossible by offering readers a fresh take on the issues of market, reception, and knowledge that informed Caravaggio's artistic production."--"Renaissance Quarterly" ["Caravaggio"] accomplishes the seemingly impossible by offering readers a fresh take on the issues of market, reception, and knowledge that informed Caravaggio s artistic production. "Renaissance Quarterly"" "This is a rigorous and scrupulous reexamination of Caravaggio's works by the standards of art. . . . The narrative is clear and well-reasoned, and the translation from the original German is exemplary. . . . And then there are the works themselves! Gorgeously reproduced and exceptionally well integrated into the text, this is a book that should be particularly sought after by those new to the works of this incomparable master."--THE Magazine "[Caravaggio] accomplishes the seemingly impossible by offering readers a fresh take on the issues of market, reception, and knowledge that informed Caravaggio's artistic production."--Renaissance Quarterly "Richly illustrated with numerous fine color plates."--Choice "A perceptive and readable scholarly volume."--The Burlington Magazine This is a rigorous and scrupulous reexamination of Caravaggio s works by the standards of art. . . . The narrative is clear and well-reasoned, and the translation from the original German is exemplary. . . . And then there are the works themselves! Gorgeously reproduced and exceptionally well integrated into the text, this is a book that should be particularly sought after by those new to the works of this incomparable master. THE Magazine" [Caravaggio] accomplishes the seemingly impossible by offering readers a fresh take on the issues of market, reception, and knowledge that informed Caravaggio s artistic production. Renaissance Quarterly" Richly illustrated with numerous fine color plates. Choice" A perceptive and readable scholarly volume. The Burlington Magazine " A perceptive and readable scholarly volume. "The Burlington Magazine" " "A perceptive and readable scholarly volume."--"The Burlington Magazine"

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