Book Discussion: The Lost Painting: The Quest for a Caravaggio Masterpiece - by Jonathan Harr

Event Type Book Discussions , Adults , Teens , Free Programs
Date calendar  Wednesday, November 1, 2023
Time clock  1:30pm - 2:30pm (1h)
Location Isabel Hall

Part 1: Art History Presentation

November 1


Part 2: Book Discussion

November 15


An Italian village on a hilltop near the Adriatic coast, a decaying palazzo facing the sea, and in the basement, cobwebbed and dusty, lit by a single bulb, an archive unknown to scholars. Here, a young graduate student from Rome, Francesca Cappelletti, makes a discovery that inspires a search for a work of art of incalculable value, a painting lost for almost two centuries. 

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. He rose from obscurity to fame and wealth, but success didn’t alter his violent temperament. His rage finally led him to commit murder, forcing him to flee Rome as a hunted man. He died young, alone, and under strange circumstances.