The Crucifixion of Saint Andrew (1606–7) marks a crucial turning point in the life and artistic development of Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio (1571–1610). One of seven Caravaggio paintings in US collections, and the only altarpiece, it exemplifies the influential tenebristic style the artist developed during his rise to fame in Rome, while signaling the introduction of an even grittier realism in his work. This is the first book-length publication to consider this understudied masterwork in its complex historical and geographic contexts, and to incorporate the findings of a recent conservation study in its assessment of the work.
Acknowledgments 1 Preface: Why Caravaggio? Introduction Part I. Caravaggio in Spanish Naples Becoming Caravaggio Martyring Saint Andrew Caravaggio and the Myth of Naples From Court to Cult: Viceregal Patronage in Seventeenth-Century Naples Part II. From Naples to Valladolid Collecting Caravaggio in Spain Painting Caravaggio: Technique and Conservation in the Crucifixion of Saint Andrew Authentic Replicas Conclusion: Mobility and Stasis in the Art of Caravaggio Notes Bibliography Photo Credits The Cleveland Museum of Art Board of Trustees