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Caravaggio by Christopher Peachment
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Mar 26, 12

Read in October, 2007

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 the hypocrisy of the pope as
those around him chase and hound him to his early
death. And of course as he paints his incredible
masterpieces and who hired him to do what.
This book is a great way to have Caravaggios art
explained and being able to remember seeing many
of the paintings he describes is even better as
know I now more about the regular characters that
crop up of Fillide and the old man etc.
This is a great book for anyone who wants to find
out more about Caravaggio. Or who likes some good
art history novels with loads of sex and blood
and guts involved. Not for the homophobic of
course, or anyone who thinks the Church is a pure
and innocent institution.

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