• Title: Caravaggio: A Life Sacred and Profane
  • Author: Andrew Graham-Dixon
  • Released: 2012-11-12
  • Language: English
  • Pages: 544
  • ISBN: 039334343X
  • ISBN13: 978-0393343434
  • ASIN: 039334343X
Review “Graham-Dixon's biography brilliantly illuminates the life of an artist who was no less shadowy than his canvases--a man capable of both committing murder and creating ineffable beauty.” (Joseph Luzzi - Bookforum)

“[Graham-Dixon] is an entertaining art historian. He took ten years to come to terms with a very obdurate and highly original painter. Time well spent.” (Economist)

“A thrilling lesson in the art of seeing, a sensual exploration of the shadows of Caravaggio's sometimes violent but always Christian world, a detective story with a highly satisfying ending.” (Peter Carey)

“Criticism that manages to be skeptical and humane, dryly witty and deeply serious ...” (Anthony Quinn)

“The most gifted art critic of his generation.” (Robert Hughes)

“Caravaggio: A Life Sacred and Profane reads like a historical-swashbuckler-cum-detective-story while also providing an up-to-date introduction to some of the most admired paintings in Western art.
” (Michael Dirda - Washington Post)

Graham-Dixon combed the criminal records of the era to glean extraordinary details about the artist’s run-ins with the law. He skillfully evokes the social and religious context of turn-of-the-17th-century Italy.” (Ann Levin - Associated Press)

“[Graham-Dixon’s] achieved a masterpiece of his own: an informative, fresh account of the painter’s life and death. Even more impressive are the author’s powerful and accessible analyses of Caravaggio’s paintings, commentary that leaves readers eager to see the pieces at the heart of the story.” (Michelle Jones - Dallas Morning News)

“This book [resees] its subject with rare clarity and power as a painter for the 21st century.” (Hilary Spurling - New York Times Book Review)

“Caravaggio has rarely been seen in such depth and such relief as in this marvellous biography.” (Neil MacGregor, Director of the British Museum)

“Andrew Graham-Dixon brings the bad-boy genius of the 17th century to life as vividly as if he were one of today's pop stars.” (John Richardson, author of A Life of Picasso)

“I have never known an art critic in London who responds so well, year in and year out, to the challenge of subjects that cover the whole range of Western art.” (John Russell, long-time art critic of The New York Times)

“Andrew Graham-Dixon is the most gifted art critic of his generation.” (Robert Hughes, former art critic of Time Magazine and author of The Shock of the New)

About the Author Andrew Graham-Dixon has presented six landmark series on art for the BBC, including the acclaimed A History of British Art, Renaissance and Art of Eternity, as well as numerous individual documentaries on art and artists. For more than twenty years he has published a weekly column on art, first in the Independent and, more recently, in the Sunday Telegraph. He has written a number of acclaimed books, on subjects ranging from medieval painting and sculpture to the art of the present, including Caravaggio: A Life Sacred and Profane, Art: The Definitive Visual Guide, and Michelangelo and the Sistine Chapel.

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