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Helen Langdon's ‘Caravaggio’
Accounts of Caravaggio's life are filled with suggestions of murder and intrigue. But does knowing more about this dark artist's experiences help us to interpret his art? Or does understanding his motivations cloud their true meaning? This free course, Helen Langdon's 'Caravaggio', explores the biographical monograph, one of the most common forms of art history writing.
Course learning outcomes
After studying this course, you should be able to:
- analyse the pros and cons of the biographical monograph in art history
- examine the strengths and weaknesses of the biographical monograph in relation to other kinds of art history writing.
First Published: 09/08/2012
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- Learning outcomes
- 1 Caravaggio's ‘Life’
- 2 Artists and their art
- 2 Artists and their art
- 2.1 Understanding an artist's art
- 2.1 ‘Every painter paints himself’?
- 2.3 Biography and psychobiography
- 2.4 The intentional fallacy
- 2.5 Is the author dead?
- 2.6 Caravaggio's sexuality
- 2.7 Art, life and the interpretation of pictures
- 2.8 Further reading
- 3 Interpreting works of art within and outwith biography
- 4 Conclusion
- Colour Plate 1 File
- Carel van Mander's writing File
- the Mancini source File
- the Bellori source File
- What is an Author? File
- Colour Plate 2 File
- David Carrier File
- Agnolo Bronzino's St John the Baptist File
- Annibale Carracci's Triumph of Bacchus and Ariadne File
- Michelangelo's Sistine Ceiling File
- Caravaggio's Sacrifice of Isaac File
- Colour Plate 3 File
- Emblem 69 Self Love File
- Annibale Carracci's Model Study for an Ignudo of the Farnese Gallery File
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