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Jonathan Harr has taken the story of the lost painting, and woven from it a deeply moving narrative about history . I later started a Caravaggio biography but didn't get through it. Caravaggio is known not only for his painting but for his tempestuous personality.

Jonathan Harr has taken the story of the lost painting, and woven from it a deeply moving narrative about history, art and taste-and about the greed, envy, covetousness and professional jealousy of people who fall prey to obsession. It is as perfect a work of narrative nonfiction as you could ever hope to read.

Jonathan Harr has taken the story of the lost painting, and woven from it a deeply moving narrative about history, art and tasteand about the greed, envy, covetousness and professional jealousy of people who fall prey to obsession.

Prizewinning author Jonathan Harr embarks on an spellbinding journey to discover the long-lost painting known as The Taking of Christ–its mysterious fate and the circumstances of its disappearance have captivated Caravaggio devotees for years. After Francesca Cappelletti stumbles across a clue in that dusty archive, she tracks the painting across a continent and hundreds of years of history. But it is not until she meets Sergio Benedetti, an art restorer working in Ireland, that she finally manages to assemble all the pieces of the puzzle. Praise for The Lost Painting. Jonathan Harr has gone.

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Prizewinning author Jonathan Harr embarks on an spellbinding journey to discover the long-lost painting known as. .Told with consummate skill by the writer of the bestselling, award-winning A Civil Action, The Lost Painting is a remarkable synthesis of history and detective story.

The Lost Painting: The Quest for a Caravaggio Masterpiece is a non-fiction book by the author of A Civil Action, Jonathan Harr. The book traces the recent discovery of a Caravaggio painting, by comparing two copies of the painting and trying to figure out which one is the original The Taking of Christ (c. 1602). The book is an extension of an article that first appeared in The New York Times

The artist was Caravaggio, a master of the Italian Baroque.

The artist was Caravaggio, a master of the Italian Baroque. He was a genius, a revolutionary painter, and a man beset by personal demons. Four hundred years ago, he drank and brawled in the taverns and streets of Rome, moving from one rooming house to another, constantly in and out of jail, all the while painting works of transcendent emotional and visual power

The Lost Painting reads more like a historical novel than art history, as Harr smoothly weaves several .

The Lost Painting reads more like a historical novel than art history, as Harr smoothly weaves several narratives together to bring the story alive. Though he does not provide an in-depth examination of the painting itself-the book is not aimed specifically at art experts-Harr does include many details for lay readers about restoration, the various methods used to track artwork through history, how originals are distinguished from copies, and an inside view of the art world, past and present. The artist was Caravaggio, a revolutionary painter beset by personal demons.

Told with consummate skill by the writer of the bestselling, award-winning A Civil Action, The Lost Painting is a remarkable synthesis of history and detective story. The fascinating details of Caravaggio's strange, turbulent career and the astonishing beauty of his work come to life in these pages. Harr's account is not unlike a Caravaggio painting: vivid, deftly wrought, and enthralling.

Comments: (7)

Thohelm
Jonathan Harr wrote a very intriguing book about the discovery of a long-lost Caravaggio, The Taking of Christ. If you are an art lover who also loves Italian art, this book will entertain you. I qualify. I was fascinated to learn more about Caravaggio's rather rakish life as well as the way lost art is discovered.

Harr put the reader in the role of detective. We explored the documents along with his two young art historians, Francesca and Laura. I felt as if I was there plowing through the old letters and ledgers. I sneezed from the dust and shivered from the cold. That's how intimate the writing was.

We also learned how hard it is to restore a piece of work painted in the early 17th Century. Four hundred years of dirt, grime, and much more had to be carefully removed. The professional hands of Benedetti delicately guided us through this process. Even after he, a compulsively careful restorer, made a near-fatal error, the painting survived.

But, was it really the lost Taking of Christ or simply a well-done copy? That's the question that both the reader and those who discovered it pondered. Many of Caravaggio's disciples copied his work. They did it on commission and their skill level was almost as good as the Master's. So, how to determine if this one was a genuine Caravaggio?

Read the book to find out.
Briciraz
I would rate this book between a 4 and a 5. Although I am most certainly not an art history student, the author creates a story line which keeps the reader going, wondering what the final plot will be. There are sections of the book which I think could have been improved by better organization, but overall I enjoyed the book from beginning to end.
Weetont
I first learned of Caravaggio on a walking trip in the Veneto. I later started a Caravaggio biography but didn't get through it. Caravaggio is known not only for his painting but for his tempestuous personality. This book weaves those threads together very well. I am left with an engaged appreciation, and a desire to learn more.
Musical Aura Island
For it being a used book it was in great shape, had a couple of bent corners of the book, but other then that it looks new. This is a good interesting story. I actually know the priest (Father Barber) who was instrumental in finding this painting and mentioned several times throughout this book. I had previously read this book a few years ago, but it was a borrowed book and I wanted my own hard bound copy as I wanted Father Barber to sign it; but, hard bound is not being printed any longer so I decided to purchase this through Amazon. I'm glad I did. My volunteer helper, also knows Fr. Barber and wanted a book too so I ordered another one for her. Her book was a little more used looking but still in good shape; however, she received a First Edition book. She was pleased with her book also.
Onoxyleili
A must-read for Caravaggio fans! I felt like I was walking around Rome while I was reading it. The only glitch in the true story comes when there's a brief detour into the life of Caravaggio himself. Harr's narrative seemed at odds with what I'd already learned from recent scholars about the artist and his wild, and often violent, life. The quest to trace the history of the painting is a great real life mystery.
Celace
I thoroughly enjoyed this book.

While reading it, I did not know if was fact or fiction. It was a real thrill to discover at the end, the book is actually non-fiction and based on extensive research and interviews. The author even went to the trouble of learning to speak Italian to better converse with most of the characters appearing in this book. It is written so well with such vivid descriptions of people and places, the reader is brought right into the scene.

Personally, I had a hard time putting it down.
RUL
As an art history student, and still fond of the history of anything, I found this book engaging and very informative. Yes, it’s a novel, but the underlying story would hold up under any circumstances. The plot line is semi- weak, but I was there for the story of a painting and how such a discovery is authenticated. Very convincing book.
It is hard for me to understand why admirers became addicted to Caravaggio or any artist. Evidently this was an era of intense devotion to discovering new art and to spend years searching for its pedigree. It was an interesting book however .
The Lost Painting: The Quest For a Caravaggio Masterpiece download epub
Arts & Literature
Author: Jonathan Harr
ISBN: 0739468340
Category: Biographies & Memoris
Subcategory: Arts & Literature
Language: English
Publisher: Random House; Book Club (BCE/BOMC) edition (2005)
Pages: 271 pages