The result of over 20 years of research by a leading authority on Caravaggio, this work reproduces every known work of the artist. John T. Spike explores in detail Caravaggio's scandalous life and provocative work. Placing Caravaggio within the broad panorama of society and ideas at the turn of the 17th century, the author sets a detailed stage for an artist who has been called "the first modern painter." Caravaggio (1571-1610) reflected in his canvases his own desires and spiritual crises to an extent no one ever had imagined possible, and he shocked his contemporaries by portraying the saints and virgins of Christianity with the faces and bodies of his companions and lovers in Rome's demimonde. Accompanying the book is a CD-ROM in which all of Caravaggio's extant paintings, as well as lost and rejected works, are described. Each entry specifies the work's medium, dimensions, location, and provenance, and provides an annotated bibliography of sources. Most of the entries conclude with a brief technical analysis.
Table of Contents
Art and Life; Catalog and Technical; Notes; Chronology; Bibliography; Index
John T. Spike, an internationally respected critic and historian of art, received his doctorate from Harvard. He has recently published major books on the Florentine Renaissance, including Masaccio and Fra Angelico (both Abbeville and both also available in Italian and French editions). Since 1989 Dr. Spike has been General Editor of Abaris Books, publishers of The Illustrated Bartsch, the multivolume compendium of European prints executed before 1750. A resident of Florence, he has organized numerous exhibitions of Italian art.