Caravaggio and the Creation of Modernity

Troy Thomas


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Reaktion Books
15 July 2024
ISBN: 9781789148701
272 pages

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A highly original, beautifully illustrated study of master Renaissance artist Caravaggio

The great baroque artist Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio revolutionized painting by creating a new form of realistic art. His work depicted life directly, without sketches, resulting in a powerful psychological expression in his subjects. Caravaggio’s unconventional paintings have sparked debates among critics and viewers for centuries, while influencing subsequent artists like Velázquez and Rembrandt. In this fresh exploration of Caravaggio’s life and art, now available in paperback, Troy Thomas examines the artist’s significant contribution to modernity and focuses on the often-overlooked tensions, contradictions and ambiguities in Caravaggio’s work.