Caravaggio by Francine Prose
Painter of Miracles (Eminent Lives)

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“Matching gorgeous prose to gorgeous artworks, Prose responds to each image as a moment of theatrical revelation, sensual or spiritual, and frequently both.” — Boston Sunday Globe

In Caravaggio, New York Times bestselling author Francine Prose (Goldengrove, Reading like a Writer) offers an enthralling account of the life and work of one of the greatest painters of all time. —“Called “racy, intensely imagined, and highly readable” by the New York Times Book Review, Caravaggio includes eight pages of color illustrations, and is sure to appeal to art enthusiasts interested in one of history’s true innovators. Caravaggio is another engaging entry in the HarperCollins’ “Eminent Lives” series of biographies by distinguished authors on canonical figures.


About Francine Prose

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Francine Prose is the critically acclaimed author of nineteen novels, including the National Book Award Finalist Blue Angel and My New American Life. She has written three other novels for young adults: After, winner of the California Young Reader Medal, an IRA/CBC Young Adults' Choice, and a New York Public Library Book for the Teen Age; Bullyville, a PW Best Book and Book Sense Children's Pick; and her most recent, Touch. She is also the author of two picture books, Leopold, the Liar of Leipzig and Rhino, Rhino, Sweet Potato. The recipient of numerous grants and honors, including a Guggenheim and a Fulbright, Francine Prose was Director's Fellow at the Center for Scholars and Writers at the New York Public Library. She lives in New York City.
Published October 13, 2009 by HarperCollins e-books. 160 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Arts & Photography. Non-fiction

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“Whatever he set out to paint,” Andrew Graham-Dixon writes in his gripping biography, “he always ended up painting himself.” Enlarge This Image Hulton Archive/Getty Images Caravaggio Just over a decade earlier Caravaggio had painted Me...

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The atmosphere of such episodes, as Francine Prose notes in her racy, intensely imagined and highly readable account of Caravaggio's unsurprisingly curtailed life - he died in 1610 at the age of 39 - seems drawn from the plays of the artist's contemporary, Shakespeare, and so does the "theatrical...

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The first thing to know about this life of the Italian baroque painter Caravaggio is that it is not a proper biography but rather an informal appreciation by novelist and occasional art critic Prose (Blue Angel ).

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However, in Caravaggio: Painter of Miracles Francine Prose opens her depiction of the tumultuous life of the great painter at a moment he would have appreciated: the moment, as Prose says of several of Caravaggio’s works, “the moment when the inevitability of death is revealed and even desired.” ...

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