Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio, The Taking of Christ, 1602, National Gallery of Ireland, Dublin

The Gallery Book Lounge - Caravaggio: A Life Sacred and Profane

The National Galleries of Scotland book group for lovers of art and reading returns with Andrew Graham Dixon’s Caravaggio: A Life Sacred and Profane.Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio lived the darkest and most dangerous life of any of the great painters. Andrew Graham-Dixon has spent a decade piecing together the scraps of evidence left of Caravaggio’s life and here he answers questions that have long puzzled scholars. He reveals the identities of the ordinary people – often prostitutes and the very poor – that Caravaggio used as models for his depictions of classic religious scenes; he describes what really happened during that fateful duel; and gives the most convincing account yet published of the extraordinary circumstances of Caravaggio’s death. Led by artist Katharine Aarrestad. Book via nationalgalleries.org or Information Desk, SNG includes a galley talk in the Beyond Caravaggio exhibition followed by discussion in studio. Please bring your own copy of the book which is available to purchase at the National Galleries of Scotland shop.