Sublime blasphemy? Â The complete Ĺ“uvre of the dark genius who revolutionized European painting Â Caravaggio, or more accurately Michelangelo Merisi daÂ CaravaggioÂ (1571â€“1610),Â was a legend even in his own lifetime. Celebrated by some for his naturalism and his revolutionary pictorial inventions, he was considered by others to have destroyed painting. Few other artists have provoked such controversy and so many contradictory interpretations right up to modern times. Â On the heels of Caravaggio year 2010, this work offers a comprehensive reassessment of Caravaggioâ€™s entire oeuvre, with a catalogue raisonnĂ© of his works. Five introductory chapters analyze his artistic career from his training in Lombard Milan and his triumphal rise in papal Rome, up to his dramatic final years in Naples, Malta, and Sicily.Â The spotlight thereby falls upon the radical nature and innovative force of Caravaggioâ€™s art and its influence in all of Europe. Â Our understanding of Caravaggioâ€™s work has been substantially broadened in recent decades by major exhibitions, restoration campaigns, new attributions and archival discoveries. The new catalogue raisonnĂ© offers a detailed overview of the artistâ€™s entire oeuvre based on the latest research. Every painting is reproduced in large-scale format, with spectacular details that offer dramatic close-ups and set new standards in print quality.Â A new photographic campaign has been undertaken, enabling the smallest details to be reproduced on a large scale for the first time.They reveal all the more clearly Caravaggioâ€™s virtuosity and his enormous ability to capture the viewerâ€™s attention and to build a communicative bridge between the worlds of picture and viewer. Sequences of spectacular details grouped by subject allow us to experience Caravaggioâ€™s ingenious rhetoric of looks and gestures and their theatrical staging in paint.