Captivating, page-turning account of the search and discovery of a long-lost painting by Caravaggio, called "The taking of Christ". It casts some glimpses of light on Caravaggio's life and artistic genius even though it's not a biography of Caravaggio. This is not a fictional work: Francesca Cappelletti (as well as the other characters in the book) is an art historian (at the time of the discovery of Caravaggio's painting she was a young grad student), so the book is a real accont of the long quest that brought to the discovery of Caravaggio's lost painting. Really interesting read if you're into history and art....Continua
This is a wonderful book about the quest for a lost Caravaggio masterpiece. Harr has interviewed all participants and knows how to present the material so that the book reads like a thriller. In the meantime, you also learn something about the about the life and times of Caravaggio. Having just been to Rome where I saw a number of paintings by Caravaggio in the churches for which they were destined, this book really appealed to me.
But if you love art and its history (or plain intrigue and scheming in the art world), this book will certainly have something to offer you!