A Name in Blood by Matt Rees

By Matt Rees

Italy, 1605: For the ruling Borghese relatives, Rome is a spot of grand palazzos and frescoed cathedrals. For the lowly artist Caravaggio, it's a position of tough bars, knife fights, and grubby whores. until eventually he's commissioned to color the Pope...

Soon, Caravaggio has won access into the Borgia family's internal circle, and turns into the main celebrated artist in Rome. but if he falls for Lena, a low-born fruit-seller, and paints her into his Madonna sequence as an easy peasant girl, Italian society is outraged. Discredited as an artist, yet unwilling to retract his imaginative and prescient of the lady he loves, Caravaggio is compelled right into a duel - and murders a nobleman.

Even his robust consumers can't safeguard him from a loss of life sentence. So Caravaggio flees to Malta, the place, prior to he could be pardoned, he needs to suffer the rigorous education of the Knights of Malta. His work proceed to talk of his love for Lena. yet ahead of he can go back to her, as a Knight and a noble,...

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Complex decoration. Unlike the sometimes severe and austere designs of the Renaissance, the baroque was playful. Architects festooned structures and encrusted interiors with an excess of decorations intended to liven things up—lots of ornate stuccowork, pouty cherubs, airy frescoes, heavy gilding, twisting columns, multicolored marbles, and general frippery. • Multiplying forms. ” The baroque loved to pile up its forms and elements to create a rich, busy effect, breaking a pediment curve into segments so that each would protrude farther out than the last, or building up an architectural feature by stacking short sections of concave walls, each one curving to a different arc.

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