Spike's opus is suspended between two eras of the technology of literacy. A well-illustrated text is given over to a chronologically structured study of the artist's life and work, while an enclosed CD-ROM provides a densely detailed catalogue raisonn . While the mass of documentation found in the electronic component of this catalog will be of considerable value to serious students of art history, the book proper does little to advance our understanding of the art or enlarge our appreciation of the significance of the artist. Sporadic efforts to relate the artist to a broad range of contemporary scientific and religious thought, while at times insightful, can also sometimes seem excessive and improbable. Consistent formal scrutiny is also too often slighted in favor of iconographic readings that range from the erudite but plausible to the recondite but strained. Catherine Puglisi's Caravaggio (LJ 4/1/99) is a superior introduction to the artist and his works, while Helen Langdon's Caravaggio: A Life (LJ 6/1/99) is a superior biographical and contextual study. Robert Cahn, Fashion Inst. of Technology, New York
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Rossella Vodret is the Director of the Polo Museale in Rome. Francesco Buranelli is secretary of the Pontifical Commision for Cultural Heritage.
A beautiful book, well illustrated, of the works of the greatest painter of all time (in my opinion)Published 1 month ago by Robert L. RWesly
Read the life history of Caravaggio (Michaelangelo Merisi de Caravaggio) to truly understand the times and influences if this artist. Read morePublished 4 months ago by John M. Kegley
I am a little confused by some of the prior reviews about picture quality, I am able to see the cracks in the paint and the individual brush strokes on the close ups, I think... Read morePublished 5 months ago by L. Johnson
I am a college student, and I am always looking for cost-effective gifts for my friends. I purchased this for a friend who is pursuing art, and she loved it. Read morePublished 15 months ago by M
excellent idea, matter and presentation. there should be more like these. anyone into discovering visual art can begin with this.Published 19 months ago by Amanbir Singh Grewal
I was told that the publisher is one of the best for color reproductions of art. The images are beautiful, and the book is well done.Published 20 months ago by Lara C.
I quickly thumbed the well constructed book and the print quality excellent. Gave it to my father as a gift who is a fan of this artist.Published 21 months ago by Eric English