A new Caravaggio cover

Brazilian edition of ‘A Name in Blood’ uses Matthew painting I always love to see what publishers do with the cover for my books in translation. My Brazilian publisher Novo Seculo really worked wonders with their version of my novel about the great Italian artist Caravaggio. Um Nome Escrito Em Sangue (which in English is […]

La Conjuration Mozart: Un génie, un complot, un mystère

City Editions publishes my novel about Mozart’s sister in French The cutting edge French publisher City Editions publishes La Conjuration Mozart, the translation of Mozart’s Last Aria, my novel about the death of the great composer and his sister Nannerl’s investigation of how he died. Lire les premières pages. 1791 : Mozart est l’artiste le […]

Caravaggio inspires Pope Francis

Pontiff cites Caravaggio’s finger of Jesus pointing at him The painting that first truly made Caravaggio‘s reputation was The Calling of St. Matthew, one of three works about the saint he completed for the Church of San Luigi dei Francesi in central Rome. The latest declared fan of the work is Pope Francis, who said […]

Daily Caravaggio: The Denial of St. Peter

Late Caravaggio tells story of a biblical scene with a few gestures In his later paintings, Caravaggio was a master of suggestion, letting the story of the scene emerge from the darkness in its most telling gestures. The Denial of St. Peter, which is at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, is the […]

Daily Caravaggio: Martha and Mary Magdalene

Caravaggio’s Detroit masterwork shows use of mirrors, contrasting light After I posted David with the Head of Goliath, a reader commented on the amazing perspectival detail in David’s projecting arm. That’s why I’m posting this one of Caravaggio‘s works today. The convex mirror has been taken to suggest his use of visual aids in formulating […]