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Ok, but somewhat disappointing.
on 4 October 2010
Being a huge fan of Caravaggio, I was quite excited to see this new book, and ordered it.
I quite enjoyed the first part, the background to Caravaggio's life and the political/cultural/religious atmosphere of Milan.
However, as I progressed I found that -in my opinion- the author makes far too many guesses on motivation and interpretation than are necessary -both in terms of what Caravaggio might or might not have been thinking and feeling and in terms of what the symbolism in the paintings "might" be.
I was also irritated to read that the author feels Caravaggio was greatly influenced by a work that was written in 1643. I'd really like to know how that is possible since Caravaggio died in 1610.
I too was disappointed in the plates. There is a great deal of discussion about the details, many of which are impossible to see (Example: the lizard biting the boy's finger--- I can barely make out that it is a lizard!)
All in all, I'm barely half way through and not hugely inclined to read the rest.