The Lost Painting: The Quest for a Caravaggio Masterpiece (Harr)

I’m not sure why I didn’t find this sooner. I loved A Civil Action. As in his earlier book, Harr turns narrative non-fiction into a kind of suspense story. We move back and forth in time as we learn about Caravaggio’s life as well as the efforts of a wide array of art historians – some of whom seem to have what Harr calls Caravaggio Disease – try to find and authenticate Caravaggio’s painting “A Taking of Christ.” There are characters galore and an equal emphasis on all kinds of forensic research. Harr’s short chapters keep the pace moving. Though I don’t see this one being made into a movie, I do think it’s a good read.

http://www.nationalgallery.ie/en/Collection/Irelands_Favourite_Painting/Caravaggio.aspx

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