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Book cover of The Lives of Caravaggio, with a painting titled 'David with the Head of Goliah', by the artist. Published by Pallas Athene.

The Lives of Caravaggio

By (author) Giulio Mancini
By (author) Giovanni Baglione
By (author) Giovanni Pietro Bellori
Edited by Helen Langdon


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  • Thirty pages of colour illustrations cover the span of Caravaggio’s astonishing career
  • Revised edition, now includes The Supper at Emmaus
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In the course of a short and violent life, Michelangelo Merisl da Caravaggio (1571-1610) revolutionised painting, producing a style of shockingly immediate realism that swept through Europe. The impact of his art and personality continue to resonate to this day. Almost everything we know about Caravaggio’s life comes from these three early biographies, which reflect the sometimes horrified fascination that Caravaggio exerted on his contemporaries. Giulio Mancini was Caravaggio’s doctor; Giovanni Baglione a bitter rival and art historian; Giovanni Pietro Bellori the most judicious art historian of the following generation. All three provide a vivid picture of a man whose life reads in part like a thriller, as well as a fascinating window onto a world and habits of seeing that were mercilessly challenged by his art. This edition of Lives of Caravaggio is introduced by the leading expert on the painter, Dr. Helen Langdon, who elucidates the historical and artistic context of these biographies and the men who wrote them. Thirty pages of colour illustrations cover the span of Caravaggio’s astonishing career.

Revised edition, now includes The Supper at Emmaus.

Pallas Athene
11th Jul 2024
Paperback / softback
145 mm x 114 mm
112 Pages
30 color
Name of series
Lives of the Artists
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