Caravaggio - Sebastian Schutze (Hardcover)

The Complete Works

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1 Dec 2009
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Sebastian Schutze
Benedikt Taschen (Contributor)
The Complete Works
Taschen America Llc
Number of Pages
508 x 368 x 57mm (4.58kg)


This title offers a comprehensive examination of the whole of Caravaggio's ¶uvre with a catalogue raisonâee of his works. Five introductory chapters analyse his artistic career from his training in Lombard Milan and his triumphal rise in papal Rome up tohis dramatic final years in Naples, Malta and Sicily.


  • Sublime blasphemy?
    The complete œuvre of the dark genius who revolutionized European painting
    Caravaggio, or more accurately Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio (1571&;1610), was a legend even in his own lifetime. Celebrated by some for his naturalism and his revolutionary pictorial inventions, he was considered by others to have destroyed painting. Few other artists have provoked such controversy and so many contradictory interpretations right up to modern times.
    On the heels of Caravaggio year 2010, this work offers a comprehensive reassessment of Caravaggio&;s entire oeuvre, with a catalogue raisonné of his works. Five introductory chapters analyze his artistic career from his training in Lombard Milan and his triumphal rise in papal Rome, up to his dramatic final years in Naples, Malta, and Sicily. The spotlight thereby falls upon the radical nature and innovative force of Caravaggio&;s art and its influence in all of Europe.
    Our understanding of Caravaggio&;s work has been substantially broadened in recent decades by major exhibitions, restoration campaigns, new attributions and archival discoveries. The new catalogue raisonné offers a detailed overview of the artist&;s entire oeuvre based on the latest research. Every painting is reproduced in large-scale format, with spectacular details that offer dramatic close-ups and set new standards in print quality. A new photographic campaign has been undertaken, enabling the smallest details to be reproduced on a large scale for the first time. They reveal all the more clearly Caravaggio&;s virtuosity and his enormous ability to capture the viewer&;s attention and to build a communicative bridge between the worlds of picture and viewer. Sequences of spectacular details grouped by subject allow us to experience Caravaggio&;s ingenious rhetoric of looks and gestures and their theatrical staging in paint.


General Subject
BISAC Subject 1
Art / Individual Artists / Monographs
BISAC Subject 2
Art / Individual Artists / Monographs
BISAC Subject 3
Art / Individual Artists / Monographs
BIC Classification 1
Painting & paintings
BIC Classification 2
Individual artists, art monographs
Dewey Classification

Author Bio

Sebastian Schutze was a longtime research fellow at the Bibliotheca Hertziana (Max Planck Institute for Art History) in Rome and currently holds the Bader Chair in Southern Baroque Art at Queen's University, Kingston. He has published widely on Italian art and culture in the early modern era and is a member of the scientific board of the Istituto Italiano per gli Studi Filosofici in Naples and of the Institut europeen d'histoire de la Republique des Lettres in Paris.