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Caravaggio: A Novel

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My sight was always good. But color now takes on even greater riches. I no longer need the bright blues and reds, which I did so delight in when I was young. I see a hundred times more beauty now in a dark brown, or the pale tints of quiet flesh. Or a ray of light across a fur or a beaten earth floor or a suit of black armor. Such colors do not distract the eye, but rather ...more
ebook, 304 pages
Published January 28th 2014 by Thomas Dunne Books (first published 2002)
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Hermien
Dec 20, 2014 Hermien rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Christopher Peachment has Caravaggio tell his life story himself with a wry sense of humour. His chapter about the Knights of Malta is particularly brilliant. As I had read two other biographies of Caravaggio I recognised the events and paintings which added to my enjoyment. I saw the Beheading of St John in Malta in the cathedral which was breath taking and got me interested in this painter and his works in the first place. When visiting the Rijksmuseum recently I was amazed how many Dutch mast ...more
Jessica
Mar 16, 2010 Jessica rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010
Okay, so my senior year of high school I took AP Art History, and learned about this artist called Caravaggio. The guy was the perfect definition of a BAMF, hanging around with thugs and whores, killing people, being sent to jail on a weekly basis, and at the same time painting pretty pictures for Il Papa and his buddies. Not that his paintings were completely perfect, as they were rejected more than once, making him repeat the operation or just firing him altogether. Still, he kept being hired ...more
Martin Boyle
Jul 12, 2016 Martin Boyle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Caravaggio as he well might well have been: this fictionalised autobiography really does sound like it could be the real voice of the Renaissance painter. His opinions and attitudes come over authentically, or (at least) in line with what I already knew of the man and his turbulent world. How he might have seen the world and the people around him is (for the most) plausible.

The book is not for the squeamish, but then neither was Caravaggio's life. A man of strong views and even stronger beliefs
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Margaret
Jun 16, 2014 Margaret rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A enjoy reading books about artists because they always seem to have a very “original” kind of life. And with Caravaggio, you can add many more adjectives: dangerous, debauched, adventurous, wicked, violent,…

The authors prose is very direct and crude, but quite fascinating, for it seems to adjust perfectly to Caravaggios way of life. In the beginning of the seventeenth century, he was one of the most coveted artists in Italy, but his 3 favourite activities – drinking, whoring and brawling – got
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Simon
Mar 26, 2012 Simon rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Caravaggio a novel By Christopher Peachment
The A Novel bit in the title is the essential
starting point of this book, this is no straight
biography or art history book, no this is a
imagining of a deathbed confessional
autobiography of Caravaggio.
It tells his life story as an artist first person
reverie style as he goes over all the men he has
fought with who he has has painted for who he
killed and who he fucked or buggered all the
while he is incredibly rude about the Spanish
inquisition and
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Trashpalace
Dec 06, 2010 Trashpalace rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: finished, in, jun, 2008
Versione romanzata della vita di Caravaggio, narrata dallo stesso pittore in prima persona.
Il tentativo di modernizzazione del linguaggio non sempre risulta azzeccato, ma contribuisce a trasmettere in modo efficace il temperamento, l'irriverenza e spesso anche il senso dell'umorismo di Caravaggio.
Interessanti (anche se probabilmente non veritiere) le descrizioni delle origini delle sue opere più importanti.
Rebecca Erlewein
At first I thought, what a fun way to learn some history while reading a novel with action, some raunch and other fun, but alas, it didn't carry me through. The narrator is not actually likeable, and at some point his views and the resulting actions were just enough. I didn't finish the book and don't feel I missed out.
Donna Jo Atwood
Caravaggio was not an easy man to know or like. According to both this novel and the biographical information I've read, he was pretty self-destructive, but his paintings are wonderful.
Bonnie
May 24, 2008 Bonnie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Historical autobiographical fiction. Romantic recreation of the life of Michelangelo Merisi, known as Caravaggio, told in the first person.
Cynthia
Jul 15, 2008 Cynthia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not for the faint hearted. He was a bad, bad, boy, and a true painter.
Simon Holliday
Jan 23, 2013 Simon Holliday rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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That's me and that's the last painting I ever did.
Spectator, viewer, audience, however you care to call yourself; I address you here, with this, my final picture.
Cast a cold eye on it all, and on my work. I am still alive. ”
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