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Caravaggio's Cardsharps: Trickery and Illusion

by Helen Langdon Kimbell Art Museum
Pub Date:
02/2013
ISBN:
9780300185102
Format:
Pbk 80 pages
Price:
AU$34.99 NZ$36.51
Product Status: In Stock Now
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The Cardsharps, one of the paintings that launched Caravaggio's spectacular career in Rome, captured the turbulent social reality of the city in the 1590s. This early masterpiece not only documented one of the everyday activities of Rome's citizens, but its vivid, lifelike style also opened the door to a revolutionary naturalism that would spread throughout Europe. Helen Langdon, the scholar whose illuminating Caravaggio: A Life became a best-seller, returnsto her subject and his milieu in this new,richly illustrated volume. She sets Caravaggio's Cardsharps within the context of contemporaneous literature, art theory, and theater and incorporates new archival research to enliven our understanding of the painter's time, place, and contemporaries. By fully analyzing one of Caravaggio's most daringly novel works, Langdon demonstrates the significant influence he had on the future of European art.
Helen Langdon has produced a beautifully written scholarly study about two celebrated works by Caravaggio.Brian Tovey, The Art Newspaper Brian Tovey The Art Newspaper
Helen Langdon is a scholar and writer specializing in Italian Baroque art, especially that of Rome.