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By Andrew Graham-Dixon

“This booklet resees its topic with infrequent readability and tool as a painter for the twenty first century.”—Hilary Spurling, New York occasions booklet Review

In a bravura functionality, Andrew Graham-Dixon explores Caravaggio’s impressive inventive achievements, delving into the unique Italian resources to create a masterful profile of the mercurial painter. This New York Times and Washington Post outstanding ebook of the yr gains greater than 80 full-color reproductions of the artist’s top work.

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Ground beneath his feet. The Crucifixion is at the right. The Virgin Mary and Joseph of Arimathea are to the left of the cross. On the other side Longinus thrusts his spear into the side of the “King of the Jews” (REX IVD is inscribed above Jesus’ head). The two remaining panels show two Marys and two soldiers at the open doors of a tomb with an empty coffin within and the doubting Thomas touching the wound of the risen Christ. The series is one of the oldest cycles of Passion scenes preserved today.

9-5, left), not only could the space beneath the dome be unobstructed but scores of windows also could puncture the walls themselves. Pendentives created the impression of a dome suspended above, not held up by, walls. Experts today can explain the technical virtuosity of Anthemius and Isidorus, but it remained a mystery to their contemporaries. ”5 By placing a hemispherical dome on a square base instead of on a circular base, as in the Pantheon, Anthemius and Isidorus succeeded in fusing two previously independent and seemingly mutually exclusive architectural traditions: the vertically oriented centralplan building and the longitudinally oriented basilica.

Architecture and Mosaics 221 8-15 Mausoleum of Galla Placidia, Ravenna, Italy, ca. 425. This cruciform chapel with a domed crossing is an early example of the combination of central and longitudinal plans. The unadorned brick shell encloses a rich ensemble of mosaics (FIG. 8-1). MAUSOLEUM OF GALLA PLACIDIA The socalled Mausoleum of Galla Placidia, Honorius’s half-sister, is a rather small cruciform (cross-shaped) structure (FIG. 8-15) with barrel-vaulted arms and a tower at the crossing. Built shortly after 425, almost a quarter century before Galla Placidia’s death in 450, it was probably intended as a chapel to the martyred Saint Lawrence.

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