Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio (1571-1610) was a boldly original
painter who led a short and violent life. The powerful realism of
his figures upset many of his contemporaries, and their power to
shock remains undiminished. This book, providing a biography,
presents all his most famous masterpieces, each with a commentary.
The introduction gives an account of his wayward life and his
artistic development. Controversial in his own lifetime, and
neglected after his death, Caravaggio has re-emerged both as a
great master and as something of a cult figure, the subject of a
notable film by Derek Jarman.