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Caravaggio: Painter on the Run

By Andrea Beach, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Vivid bio of genius painter has mature content, violence.

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Veteran author Marissa Moss' thorough research brings the master painter vividly to life, along with the sights, sounds, and even smells of Rome at the end of the 16th century. Although his arrogance and obsession with fame make him difficult to like, there's no denying the innovative genius of Caravaggio: Painter on the Run. Mature tweens and up who can put the violence and attitudes about sex in historical context will really enjoy the richly detailed people, places, and events surrounding the groundbreaking artist. They'll also relate to Caravaggio's desire to use real-life models as a way of making the divine topics of his paintings more relatable to everyday people, and his constant battles with the stodgy status quo.

Caravaggio's life makes quite a page-turning story. Including diary-like entries from those who knew him brings broader perspective to the man and the events in his life, and the real-life police blotter entries add realism, and even humor. Readers may want to seek out his paintings after reading this bio, since the only examples of his work here are small black-and-white sketches of some details found in his paintings. Kids should be encouraged to look him up online or at the library or a museum to compare his actual images against descriptions in the text and what they imagined as they read.

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