Caravaggio: Painter of Miracles (Eminent Lives)

3.65 avg rating
( 243 ratings by GoodReads )
 
9780061768903: Caravaggio: Painter of Miracles (Eminent Lives)

NBA finalist Francine Prose takes on a great artist whose life was brief and paradoxical, more loathed in his own time than any modern artist since. This is a study of why revolutionary art can be reviled in its own time and revered in another.

Building on a biographical tradition that can be traced back to Aubrey's ‘Brief Lives’, Dr Johnson's ‘Lives of the Poets’ and Lytton Strachey's ‘Eminent Victorians’, this exciting and ground-breaking new series pairs great biographers, historians and novelists with iconic subjects, the writing bristling with original and distinctive points of view.

Francine Prose's life of Caravaggio evokes the genius of this great artist through a brilliant reading of his paintings. Caravaggio defied the aesthetic conventions of his time; his use of ordinary people, realistically portrayed – street boys, prostitutes, the poor, the aged – was a profound and revolutionary innovation that left its mark on generations of artists. His insistence on painting from nature, on rendering the emotional truth of experience, whether religious or secular, makes him an artist who speaks across the centuries to our own time.

Born in 1571 near Milan, Michelangelo Merisi (da Caravaggio) moved to Rome when he was 21 years old. He became a brilliant and successful artist, protected by the influential Cardinal del Monte and other patrons. But he was also a man of the streets who couldn't seem to free himself from its brawls and vendettas. In 1606 he fled Rome, apparently after killing another man in a dispute. He spent his last years in exile, at once celebrated for his art and tormented by his enemies. Through it all, he produced masterpieces of astonishing complexity and power. Eventually he received a pardon from the Pope, only to die, in mysterious circumstances, on the way back to Rome in 1610. Francine Prose presents the brief but tumultuous life of one of the greatest of all painters with passion and acute sensitivity.

"synopsis" may belong to another edition of this title.

Review:

‘Racy, intensely imagined and highly readable…Prose brings to Caravaggio a fresh and unflinching eye.’ New York Times Book Review

‘Combines astute examination of his work with just a plain good yarn about a street tough who painted transcendent pictures.’ Entertainment Weekly

‘A fine biography – and a study of why revolutionary art can be reviled in its own time and revered in another.’ Kirkus Reviews

About the Author:

Francine Prose is the author of fourteen books of fiction, including ‘Blue Angel’, a finalist for the National Book Award. She lives in New York City.

"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.

Top Search Results from the AbeBooks Marketplace

1.

Francine Prose
Published by Harper Perennial (2010)
ISBN 10: 0061768901 ISBN 13: 9780061768903
New Paperback Quantity Available: 3
Seller
Murray Media
(North Miami Beach, FL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Harper Perennial, 2010. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P110061768901

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
42.01
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: 16.60
From U.S.A. to United Kingdom
Destination, Rates & Speeds

2.

Francine Prose
Published by Harper Perennial
ISBN 10: 0061768901 ISBN 13: 9780061768903
New PAPERBACK Quantity Available: 1
Seller
M and N Media
(Acworth, GA, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Harper Perennial. PAPERBACK. Book Condition: New. 0061768901 We guarantee all of our items - customer service and satisfaction are our top priorities. Please allow 4 - 14 business days for Standard shipping, within the US. Bookseller Inventory # TM-0061768901

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
53.90
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: 20.72
From U.S.A. to United Kingdom
Destination, Rates & Speeds

3.

Francine Prose
Published by Harper Perennial (2010)
ISBN 10: 0061768901 ISBN 13: 9780061768903
New Paperback Quantity Available: 1
Seller
Ergodebooks
(RICHMOND, TX, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Harper Perennial, 2010. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Reprint. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0061768901

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
164.40
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: 11.63
From U.S.A. to United Kingdom
Destination, Rates & Speeds

4.

Francine Prose
ISBN 10: 0061768901 ISBN 13: 9780061768903
New Quantity Available: 1
Seller
LVeritas
(Newton, MA, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Book Condition: New. Gift Quality Book in Excellent Condition. Bookseller Inventory # 36S9FP0017L5

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
238.01
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: 16.61
From U.S.A. to United Kingdom
Destination, Rates & Speeds

5.

Francine Prose
Published by Harper Perennial (2010)
ISBN 10: 0061768901 ISBN 13: 9780061768903
New Paperback Quantity Available: 1
Seller
Irish Booksellers
(Rumford, ME, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Harper Perennial, 2010. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 0061768901

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
330.03
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: 5.48
From U.S.A. to United Kingdom
Destination, Rates & Speeds

6.

Francine Prose
Published by Harper Perennial (2010)
ISBN 10: 0061768901 ISBN 13: 9780061768903
New Softcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller
Book Deals
(Lewiston, NY, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Harper Perennial, 2010. Book Condition: New. Brand New, Unread Copy in Perfect Condition. A+ Customer Service! Summary: "Tautly written and insightful.". Bookseller Inventory # ABE_book_new_0061768901

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
330.01
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: 62.29
From U.S.A. to United Kingdom
Destination, Rates & Speeds