Caravaggio ( 1571-1610 ) was an Italian painter of the Baroque movement renowned for his bold and masterful use of light and darkness ( Chiaroscuro ) to create dramatic compositions.
This art book by Taschen is a splendid reproduction of the now out of print deluxe edition, first published in 2009. Although slightly smaller in print size than the original edition, the book is still a hefty volume and comes at a much lower price tag, making it a great value purchase for a very comprehensive collection of Caravaggio’s works.
The huge prints of Caravaggio’s paintings are beautifully and faithfully reproduced in the book, and the page count and content is identical to the original edition.
(above & below) The three Caravaggio masterpieces that hang in the Contarelli Chapel in Rome. I spent the longest time poring over the details of these paintings during my visit, as I did at most of the museums that houses his works in Rome, Milan and Florence.
There are many Caravaggio art books out there, but this one is the best. Taschen has created a book of exceptional value and quality, and this gets my highest recommendations.
A big word of thanks to Mark/Mallory from Taschen for providing me with this copy of the book for review.
“Caravaggio – The Complete Works″ art book details :
– Dimensions – 15.2 x 11.1 x 1.6 inches ( comes with cardboard slipcase that doubles as a bookstand )
– Hard cover, 306 pages
– Full color
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