The Lost Painting: The Quest for a Caravaggio Masterpiece
(253 Pages) (5 Hours)
Michelangelo Caravaggio, a 16 century Renaissance painter, had a very short and tumultuous life. Still, he is famous for his bright and colorful paintings and the way he displayed light in his work. He often used self-portraits in his paintings. His paintings are hanging in galleries worldwide, but unfortunately, a lot of them have been lost.
This book is about the treasure hunt involved with trying to find one of his lost paintings. The book starts with a young Italian graduate student discovering a record of one of his paintings that had been lost for almost two centuries. She discovers the origin of the painting in a dusty old family archive, and she is determined to try to trace where this painting is now. She manages to trace it all the way to Scotland, but then the trail is lost until a very discerning art restorer discovers what he thinks might be "The Taking of the Christ" in a small Irish Jesuit mission. I am new to the world of art and art restoration, so this book was a revelation. Johnathan Harr made the story so captivating and so rife with tension and discovery that it held my interest throughout. This book is candy for anyone who loves or appreciates the scavenger hunt of archival historical research.