Daily Caravaggio: The Musicians

To mark the paperback publication of my Caravaggio novel A NAME IN BLOOD, I’m posting each of the paintings that appear in the book each day for the next month. This is “The Musicians,” which is held at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. Caravaggio painted it in 1595, soon after he went […]

Daily Caravaggio: St. Francis in Ecstasy

To mark the paperback publication of my Caravaggio novel A NAME IN BLOOD, I’m going to post each of the paintings that appear in the book each day for the next…(I’m counting)…24 days. This is “St. Francis in Ecstasy,” which the great man painted for Cardinal del Monte in Rome in 1595. It’s now in […]

Forging Caravaggio: My versions

About the time Caravaggio was painting his masterpieces in Italy, Miguel de Cervantes observed that “Good painters imitate nature. Bad ones spew it up.” Forging seems to me more accurate than imitation. As I researched my Caravaggio novel A NAME IN BLOOD, I realized I had to learn how to paint with oils if I […]

What do YOU think of me?

A friend of mine was lunching with a Scandinavian author a while back. At one point, the writer joked: “But that’s enough of me talking about myself. What do YOU think of me?” Unlike that writer, I don’t care what you think of me. Don’t be offended – I don’t care what I think about […]