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Caravaggio : Life And Times - Patrick Hunt


Life And Times

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Caravaggio (1571-1610) was the most revolutionary artist of the Italian Baroque.

Consistently emphasising the humanity of his religious subjects, he established a new canon.

The intensity and drama of his chiaroscuro style is matched only by his life.

Outlaw, heretic, murderer and sensualist are a few charges brought against him by his contemporaries.

Given the paucity of verifiable biographical documents, Caravaggio the man remains mysterious and elusive to his modern admirers.

About the Author

Patrick Hunt gained his PhD at the University of London and works as a classical archaeologist and teacher of Humanities at Stanford University, California. Additionally, he is a published poet, classical music composer, and illustrator, including contributing the illustrations to Richard Martin's Myth of the Ancient Greeks. Hunt's wide-ranging professional and personal scholarship allows him to interpret Caravaggio's complicated religious and classical imagery while anchoring his art in his life.

'...a strong narrative and excellent illustrations for a bargain price.' The Independent '...the book is one in a series of useful short biographies' The Times of London

Introductionp. vii
Acknowledgementsp. xi
Early Life and Training 1571-1592p. 1
Poverty and Patronage in Rome 1592-1595p. 11
Patronage of Cardinal Francesco Del Monte and Caravaggio's Bohemian Behaviour 1595-1600p. 29
Criminals and Courtesans and the Question of Caravaggio's Ambiguous Sexuality 1595-1600p. 53
Roman Summit: Egregius in urbe pictor 1600-1603p. 68
Libel, Prison and Escalating Violence 1603-1605p. 92
Murder and a Fugitive's Flight 1606p. 104
Naples, Malta and Sicily 1606-1609p. 110
Ars Moriendi or Ars Mortis 1609-1610p. 129
Notesp. 142
Chronologyp. 144
Bibliographyp. 152
Picture Sourcesp. 155
New or Rebuilt Churches and Palaces in Counter-Reformation Rome 1549-1600p. 156
Indexp. 158

ISBN: 9781904341734
ISBN-10: 190434173X
Series: Life & Times
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 164
Published: 1st May 2004
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 12.8  x 1.3
Weight (kg): 0.271