Free course

Helen Langdon's ‘Caravaggio’

Free statement of participation on completion

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.