The Moment of Caravaggio
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The Moment of Caravaggio

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This is a groundbreaking examination of one of the most important artists in the Western tradition by one of the leading art historians and critics of the past half-century. In his first extended consideration of the Italian Baroque painter Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio (1573-1610), Michael Fried offers a transformative account of the artist's revolutionary achievement...more
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published August 26th 2010 by Princeton University Press
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I forgot that criticism in itself can be beautful and artistic; this book reminded me in the best possible ways--while also introducing me to lots of great Caravaggio paintings. Now, I am very interested in Caravaggio, and I believe I will go read some more art history. It's fascinating to see paintings through the eyes of a critic who thinks in interesting ways, and I enjoyed this book throughly for that reason. Plus, the art is placed beautifully throughout the book; it's a handsome volume.
Better for the Lecture Hall than for the art lover's library

That Michael Fried is a learned scholar is well known and probably understated. His lectures here for the National Art Gallery are rich in intellectual research and challenge for discovering the motivations and comparisons of the work of Caravaggio. And while there is much to be learned form this hefty book, the information seems a bit heavy for the reader who wants to further explore the genius of the great Italian painter. The portion...more
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