Caravaggio: a reading list

By Tuesday, May 17, 2011 0 , , , , Permalink 0

I recently finished up with an incredible class about one of my favourite artists, Caravaggio.
I didn’t know a thing about him until I went to Italy last year. That’s where I discovered his work, and I became interested in his life after reading a short blurb about him at one of the many museums I visited. He was kind of a bad ass, if you didn’t already know.
After spending some in-class time learning more about him, I’ve realized that I have only just scratched the surface.

I asked the instructor for some book recommendations, so here they are in case you happen to be as interested in Caravaggio as I am.
And if you’re only mildly interested, there is always Wikipedia.

Caravaggio: The Complete Works by Sebastian Schutze
It’s big and expensive, but it would make a great gift.

M : The Man Who Became Caravaggio by Peter Robb
Truthfully, I’ve heard mixed reviews about this one, but I’d like to read it anyway. At over 500 pages, I’m sure there’s some good stuff in there.

Caravaggio: A Life Sacred and Profane by Andrew Graham-Dixon
This book isn’t even out yet in Canada, which only adds to my excitement. I’m always fascinated when a new book about an artist comes out. Is there any new information in there? And even if there isn’t, how is the old information presented in a new way?

The Lost Painting by Jonathan Harr
I’m still not sure what category this book falls under: is it historical fiction or is it non-fiction that reads like a novel? I have no idea, but I can’t wait to read it and find out.

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