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CARAVAGGIO AND THE CREATION OF MODERNITY. Troy Thomas. Reaktion Books Ltd, London, 2016. Distributed in the U.S.A. by University of Chicago Press. 256 pp. with 70 ills. (60 col.). 21 x 13 cm. ISBN 9781780236766 In English.
Publisher's description: Undeniably one of the greatest artists of all time, Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio would develop a radically new kind of psychologically expressive, realistic art and, in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, would lay the foundations for modern painting. His paintings defied tradition to such a degree that the meaning of his works have divided critics and viewers for centuries. In this original study, Troy Thomas examines Caravaggio's life and art in relationship to the profound beginnings of modernity, exploring the many conventions that Caravaggio utterly dismantled with his extraordinary genius. Thomas begins with an in-depth look at Caravaggio's early life and works and examines how he refined his realism, developed his obsession with darkness and light, and began to find the subtle and clever ambiguity of genre and meaning that would become his trademark. Focusing acutely on the inherent tensions, contradictions, and ambiguities within Caravaggio's paintings, Thomas goes on to examine his mature religious works and the ways he created a powerful but stark and enigmatic expressiveness in his protagonists.
Artist(s):Caravaggio, Michelangelo Merisi da
Indexing: Unspecified
Plans: 71
Worldwide Number: 173158
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