Because Caravaggio is in hiding, Beppo goes out to buy his art supplies and learns how to mix paint. The painter opens it on the spot, tastes it, and pronounces it "merda". Mark David Smith teaches English for the Burnaby School District, which gives him a needed outlet for correcting people's grammar--a practice he has come to understand is socially inappropriate in other contexts. Subject Heading: In 1610, Caravaggio left Naples by sea for Rome in the hope of a papal pardon for the murder charge. Caravaggio was unique in his day for using live models in his religious themed art and for depicting revered figures as human beings rather than idealized types. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. The artist's face was disfigured, and the effects upon his vision and brushwork show in his later paintings. Tension builds when Caravaggio appears and picks a quarrel, trying to take Ranuccio's racquet from him to show him how to play. Beppo hides in a barrel in the cellar. Unfortunately in Renaissance Italy, justice is not available to him. Jonathan Jones has described The Beheading of Saint John the Baptist as one of the ten greatest works of art of all time: "Death and human cruelty are laid bare by this masterpiece, as its scale and shadow daunt and possess the mind." 152 pp., trade pbk., $12.95. Completed in 1608 in Malta, the painting had been commissioned by the Knights of Malta as an altarpiece; it was the largest altarpiece which Caravaggio would ever paint. It's probably best if you don't know anything about Caravaggio, or expect a book about Caravaggio (it's really about his young servant, Beppo). Caravaggio, who must leave the painting behind, dips his finger in red paint and signs the work as they are heading out the door. The quotations from such luminaries as Dante Alighieri, Horace, Machiavelli and Petrarch, which set off each chapter, elevate the novel and add to its ring of authenticity. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Beppo is merely banished from Rome, but Caravaggio has a price on his head for the murder of Ranuccio Tomassino. "Do you think I've forgotten that I'm a wanted man? The signature is a matter of some dispute. The painting, in oil on canvas, is 12 ft (3.7 m) by 17 ft (5.2 m) and prominent are the vivid red and warm yellow colours, common to the Baroque period with the use of chiaroscuro. While ha Young Beppo is the indentured servant of a wine barrel salesman in Italy, circa 1606. So he runs off with Caravaggio, the famous artist, also accused of murder to save themselves from the police. Table of Contents for This Issue There are obstacles to their love; Dolcetta's mother wants her to marry a rich man, and Caravaggio and Beppo must leave Naples. One day while Beppo's boss is out, the Tomassino brothers, Ranuccio and Giovanni, show up at the shop and bully Beppo about his master's business dealings. In the resulting confusion and before the police arrive, Beppo pulls Caravaggio away, saying, "Run!". And happily ever after (again, if one overlooks Caravaggio himself). Bounty hunters are close at hand. To comment on this title or this review, send mail to To see what your friends thought of this book. He breathed deeply. They argue, and Ranuccio Tomassino slashes the older man's throat. Signature Killer: Caravaggio and the Poetics of Blood (Art Bulletin; December 2012) It was during the restoration that Caravaggio's signature in the blood became visible to modern viewers. Any other reproduction is prohibited without permission. This is a great teen historical novel that transports the reader to a different world to experience a danger-filled Renaissance adventure. Unfortunately in Renaissance Italy, justice is not available to him. lots of dramatic sword fights and Italian. "It's 'David with the Head of Goliath'," he explained. Blood is one of the most powerful metaphors in art and literature. Yet working within a context of subversion, Ingrid Berthone-Moine’s 2009 photographic series Red is the Colour consists of twelve photographs of women using their menstrual blood as lipstick. Vancouver, BC: Tradewind Books, 2014. In Smith's young adult novel, however, it is Beppo and Dolcetta who are a couple. The paints of his era were high in lead content which caused mental illness and eventual death. The full text of the article is here →, {{$parent.$parent.validationModel['duplicate']}},, 1-{{getCurrentCount()}} out of {{getTotalCount()}}, Highly recommended for teens with a love of art and history, and for teachers wanting to give their students an introduction to Renaissance Italy in preparation for reading Shakespeare. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Full of danger, swordplay, markets, castles and caves, the historical setting is both accurate and richly detailed. "It is painting that ensures my protection and that keeps me alive. Next Review | The depiction of menstrual blood in art can highlight a woman’s identity, acting on some level like Caravaggio’s signature.