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Caravaggio: The Complete Works Hardcover – December 1, 2009

ISBN-13: 978-3836501835 ISBN-10: 383650183X Edition: Box

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 306 pages
  • Publisher: TASCHEN America Llc; Box edition (December 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 383650183X
  • ISBN-13: 978-3836501835
  • Product Dimensions: 19 x 13 x 2.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #519,370 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

The author:
Sebastian Schütze
 was a longtime research fellow at the Bibliotheca Hertziana (Max Planck Institute for Art History) in Rome. He is a member of the academic board of the Istituto Italiano per gli Studi Filosofici in Naples and of the Institut européen d’histoire de la République des Lettres in Paris. From 2003 to 2009 he held the Bader Chair in Southern Baroque Art at Queen’s University in Kingston. In 2009 he was appointed Professor of Early Modern Art History at Vienna University.



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The reproductions in the book are amazing, the details show much brushwork.
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While this is a book that one will want especially for the illustrations, the text is worthwhile and informative.
Ivor E. Zetler
I already reviewed this item....perhaps with the purchaser now that I think about it.
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69 of 76 people found the following review helpful By Charles F. Held Jr. on May 6, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I just returned from a 2 1/2 week trip to Italy during which time I visited Uffizi, Borghese, San Luigi dei Francesi, Santa Maria del Popolo, Pitti Palace, Pinoteca Capitolina, and the Scuderie dei Quirinale CARAVAGGIO exhibition. So I have personally viewed nearly half of Caravaggio's authenticated works within the past month. And, to confirm the writings of some of the other reviewers, many of the reproduction plates in this book are inaccurately dark. I was disappointed with the cave-like lighting provided at the Quirinale show, but even those tiny halogen bulbs illuminated more of the subtleties of M. Merisi's work than do the reproductions in this book, which was proudly announced as being full of new - and supposedly properly exposed - photographs.

One great mystery lies in the fact that where there are multiple representations of the same work, the brightness levels vary - sometimes greatly - from one photo to the next. In nearly all cases the detail plates (which are full-bleed) are brighter and more accurate than the full-size shots. The smaller photos displaying the Cantarelli Chapel at San Luigi more faithfully reproduce the colors of the St. Matthew trilogy than do the dedicated full-page plates. I have little technical knowledge of the printing process, but it seems to me that those who do this for a living (especially at this book's price-point!) would know how to calibrate their devices, publishing software and inks to produce a finished product of consistent tone and luminance.

A couple of other quibbles:

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69 of 78 people found the following review helpful By J. Faulk on December 15, 2009
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The subtitle is actually The Complete Works rather than ...Paintings. Page count is 306, not 480.

In black boards with gold lettering, and a beautiful jacket of the head of Judith exemplifying the stunning dimensions of the masterpieces and details within.

The book opens with six spreads picturing six head details. The book is printed and sewed (in Italy) with state of the art tolerances and lies flat, but occasionally of course threads or a razor thin line is visible in the center of a spread spanned by an art piece.

CONTENTS

I Lombard beginnings 1571-1592 page 20
II The path to artistic autonomy 1592-1599 page 28
III The large religious works in Rome 1599-1606 page 94
IV The late oeuvre in Southern Italy: Naples-Malta-Sicily 1606-1610 page 184
Epilogue, reflections and refractions page 238
Catalogue of Paintings page 242
Bibliography page 300
Index page 304
Acknowledgements, Credits, Imprint page 306

All page stock is substantial, semiglossy up through page 242 for utterly convincing color of full and detail reproductions, entailing bleeds or white framing; from page 243 onward, uncoated paper that is a pleasure to the touch and takes the ink very well to reproduce all the pictures again in smaller size, say 3 by 5 inches, for reference as you read the detailed descriptions.

The Catalogue first presents Paintings 1-67, in chronological order, and comprising, in the opinion of the author, indubitably autograph works (as well as copies of them).
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Ivor E. Zetler on July 2, 2010
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On the basis of the reviews critical of the reproduction quality of this book, I elected to avoid its purchase. Hoping for a good representation of Caravaggio's paintings I acquired the Skira catalog of the recent Rome exhibition. That book is much smaller in dimension and the articles are of varying quality. I subsequently happened to examine a friend's copy of this Taschen edition. While the colors of the reproductions in both books appeared similar, the size, layout and quality of the illustrations in the Taschen issue is vastly superior and far more satisfying. This book also is much more comprehensive in presenting Caravaggio's entire oeuvre and works of uncertain attribution.

I have now ordered the Taschen book which, despite its greater cost, is the best Caravaggio book I have encountered and is good value given the excellence of the printing. It is a while since I have had the good fortune to personally examine a Caravaggio painting and cannot guarantee the accuracy of the reproductions. What I did see has given enormous pleasure. While this is a book that one will want especially for the illustrations, the text is worthwhile and informative.
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19 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Alan B. Campbell on January 12, 2010
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I recently saw all the Caravaggios in Rome, including some brought from other places for a special exhibit, and I can tell you that this gorgeous, beautifully printed book truly does justice to the paintings. It includes not only fold-out pages to show entire paintings without sacrificing too much to the smallness of the medium, but also full-page detail pictures showing just a small portion of the original painting at life-size. The accompanying commentary is excellent, and the author even includes reproductions of other artworks for comparison. If you are a Caravaggio fan, you will be thrilled with this book.
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