By Jonathan Harr
An Italian village on a hilltop close to the Adriatic coast, a decaying palazzo dealing with the ocean, and within the basement, cobwebbed and dusty, lit by means of a unmarried bulb, an archive unknown to students. right here, a tender graduate scholar from Rome, Francesca Cappelletti, makes a discovery that evokes a look for a piece of artwork of incalculable worth, a portray misplaced for nearly centuries.
The artist was once Caravaggio, a grasp of the Italian Baroque. He used to be a genius, a progressive painter, and a guy beset via own demons. 400 years in the past, he drank and brawled within the taverns and streets of Rome, relocating from one rooming residence to a different, always out and in of penal complex, all of the whereas portray works of transcendent emotional and visible energy. He rose from obscurity to repute and wealth, yet good fortune didn’t modify his violent temperament. His rage ultimately led him to dedicate homicide, forcing him to escape Rome a hunted guy. He died younger, on my own, and below unusual circumstances.
Caravaggio students estimate that among sixty and 80 of his works are in life at the present time. Many others–no one is aware the proper number–have been misplaced to time. someplace, absolutely, a masterpiece lies forgotten in a storeroom, or in a small parish church, or putting above a fire, wrong for a trifling copy.
Prizewinning writer Jonathan Harr embarks on an spellbinding trip to find the long-lost portray referred to as The Taking of Christ–its mysterious destiny and the conditions of its disappearance have captivated Caravaggio devotees for years. After Francesca Cappelletti stumbles throughout a clue in that dusty archive, she tracks the portray throughout a continent and countless numbers of years of heritage. however it isn't until eventually she meets Sergio Benedetti, an paintings restorer operating in eire, that she eventually manages to collect everything of the puzzle.
Told with consummate ability through the author of the bestselling, award-winning A Civil Action, The misplaced Painting is a striking synthesis of background and detective tale. The interesting information of Caravaggio’s unusual, turbulent occupation and the extraordinary great thing about his paintings come to lifestyles in those pages. Harr’s account isn't in contrast to a Caravaggio portray: bright, deftly wrought, and enthralling.
". . . Jonathan Harr has long past to the difficulty of writing what is going to most likely be a bestseller . . . wealthy and lovely. . .in fact, the publication reads greater than a mystery simply because, in contrast to loads of best-selling nonfiction authors who write in a roughly novelistic vein (Harr's earlier e-book, A Civil Action, was once made right into a John Travolta movie), Harr does not plump up hello story. He nearly by no means foreshadows, does not implausibly reconstruct whole conversations and infrequently throws in litanies of basically conjectured or imagined information only for color's sake. . .if you are a sucker for Rome, and for nightfall. . .[you'll] get pleasure from Harr's extra basically pronounced information about existence within the urban, as when--one of my favourite moments within the entire book--Francesca and one other younger colleague attempt to calm their nerves prior to an important assembly with a forbidding professor via consuming gelato. And who would not in Italy? The pleasures of travelogue listed here are incidental yet no longer inconsiderable." --The long island occasions ebook Review
"Jonathan Harr has taken the tale of the misplaced portray, and woven from it a deeply relocating narrative approximately historical past, artwork and taste--and concerning the greed, envy, covetousness jealousy of people that fall prey to obsession. it really is as excellent a piece of narrative nonfiction as you may ever desire to read." --The Economist
From the Hardcover edition.