on 11 August 2004
This book must set the standard for books on Art History.
Catherine Puglisti writes so clearly that the narrative flows like a novel. All the sources are here and she has produced a mix of biography, social and religious history and art criticism which is unique. As the other reviews have said, the quantity and quality of the illustrations is superb.
on 23 May 2004
Caravaggio's pictures are lavishly illustrated here, but Puglisi gives you more for your money than just paintings. All the key sources (Baglione etc.) are given in full at the back, and her narrative covers both Caravaggio's pictures as well as his life with sensitivity and insight.
Studying Caravaggio, I read a variety of books, but this was the best by a mile. Very, very good value too.
"M" gives you polemic, albeit entertaining polemic.
This gives you sense and the evidence is before your eyes.
on 24 May 2000
I must admit, I didn't know much about Caravaggio before I picked up this book or the artistical era for that matter. It does give you a great insight into the artist and his influences, sighting particular paintings of other artists that influenced Caravaggio's final master pieces. I thoroughly enjoyed it and it is definitly a must for the inexperienced aswell as the experienced artist or historian. A delgihtful read ( and excellant prints aswell),