A revolution in painting: The mysterious genius who transformed European art Caravaggio or more accurately Michelangelo Merisi daCaravaggio(1571 1610) was always a name to be reckoned with. 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 acomprehensive reassessment of Caravaggio s entire oeuvrewith a catalogue raisonne of his works. Each painting is reproduced in large format with recent high production photography allowing fordramatic 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 realismwhich allowed even biblical events to unfold with an unprecedented immediacy before the viewer. An accompanyingartist chronologyfollows Caravaggio’s equallytumultous personal life. This is the definitive work about Caravaggio for generations to come to be delved into and put on display with its slipcase neatly converting into a book stand.