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Caravaggio. The Complete Works

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The notorious bad boy of Italian painting is now considered one of the greatest masters of all in art history. This comprehensive catalogue raisonné reproduces all of Caravaggio’s paintings as well as a number of dramatic details of his boundary-breaking realism. Five chapters assess Caravaggio’s artistic achievements while a detailed chronology traces his dramatic personal life.
Hardcover9.8 x 13.4 in.6.79 lb306 pages

“The pictures come across as so real that leafing through this book, the reader almost smells the oil paint. Every page is a pleasure for the senses.”

NDR Kultur

“This book is an artwork unto itself—perfect for Italian Renaissance aficionados.”

Die Welt

“The reproductions are excellent, the details often breathtakingly vivid..."

The Royal Academy Magazine
“This comprehensive study showcases each painting in state-of-the-art photography, with close-ups of details, like his ability to capture emotion with the subtlest of facial expressions. The text analyses his career and his riotous life: a rag-to-riches story every bit as dramatic as Caravaggio’s art.”
The Lady
XL books are at least 34 cm (13.4 in.) high, with the exception of landscape-format titles
Caravaggio. The Complete Works

Caravaggio. The Complete Works


A revolution in painting

The mysterious genius who transformed European art

Caravaggio, or more accurately Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio (1571–1610), was a legend even in his own lifetime. Notorious bad boy of Italian painting, the artist was at once celebrated and controversial: Violent in temper, precise in technique, a creative master, and a man on the run.

This work offers a comprehensive reassessment of Caravaggio’s entire œuvre with a catalogue raisonné of his works. Each painting is reproduced in large format, with recent, high production photography allowing for dramatic close-ups with Caravaggio's ingenious details of looks and gestures.

Five introductory chapters analyze Caravaggio's artistic career from his early struggle to make a living, through his first public commissions in Rome, and his growing celebrity status. They look at his increasing daring with lighting and with a boundary-breaking naturalism which allowed even biblical events to unfold with an unprecedented immediacy before the viewer.
The author

Sebastian Schütze was a longtime research fellow at the Bibliotheca Hertziana (Max Planck Institute for Art History) in Rome. He is a member of the academic board of the Istituto Italiano per gli Studi Filosofici in Naples, and a member of the Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften. From 2003 to 2009 he held the Bader Chair in Southern Baroque Art at Queen’s University in Kingston. In 2009 he was appointed professor of early modern art history at Vienna University.

Caravaggio. The Complete Works
Hardcover25 x 34 cm3.08 kg306 pages

ISBN 978-3-8365-5579-1

Edition: Spanish

ISBN 978-3-8365-5580-7

Edition: French

ISBN 978-3-8365-5581-4

Edition: English
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39 Ratings

Un livre magnifique

Joël L.,October 28, 2021
Un livre magnifique sur un peintre exeptionnel

Stunning Publication

Michael,October 27, 2021
From the binding to the inks, this is a perfect book in so many ways. Caravaggio is a master, and this does his work complete and total justice.


Valérie,October 27, 2021
Ce livre est un vibrant témoignage de l'œuvre saisissante du Caravage. Les textes apportent un éclairage sur la création du maître. Indispensable !

Belle édition

Alejandro,October 27, 2021
Magnifique ouvrage !

Great despite a couple nitpicks

Benjamin,October 27, 2021
My only two nitpicks are that some text-only pages just leave blank space at the top for no reason, and though I appreciate having multiple presentations of the same painting (full page detail and scaled down full painting on another page) I wish some of the full painting reproductions were larger. Sometimes they feel like a quick reference rather than what I’m supposed to appreciate. I want to add I praise the work of including related works.